College Project Period 3

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This was for a project for my AP psych class. The goal was to see what the right college would be right for me.

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College Project Period 3

  1. 1. B Y: C A R R I E A R R A L DPERIOD 3D U E : 1 2 / 1 4 / 11
  2. 2. EXPERIMENT OUTLINE • The purpose of this experiment is to determine whichPurpose college(s) would be best fit for me based on my personal needs and preferences •I think a college that is close to my home in Kent, WA so I would be able to visit often or live at home. I want a school with an active student body that I can participate in sports events and enjoy my college experience. However I don’t wantTheory there to be so many students that it results in an over flow of classroom sizes because interaction with my professors is vital to my success. City life near campus is also important to suffice aspects such as school supplies, food, entertainment, etc. A college with a high praised psychology and/or business program is important because I want pursue one of the two.College tuition needs to be affordable and scholarships/ grants and student loans need to be available. • I think that University of Washington is the best college for me because it is close to Kent, WA, has an active studentThesis body where I can enjoy the college experience, has small classroom sizes, city life surrounds the campus, has a recognized psychology program, and scholarships/ grants and student loans are available.
  3. 3. COLLEGE LIST I want to go to Central Washington University Ok to go to Western Washington If I have to UniversityUniversity Of Washington Eastern Washington UniversityWashington State University Seattle UniversityPacific Lutheran University Green River Community CollegeSeattle Pacific University Montana State University
  4. 4. EXPERIMENTAL EXPLANATIONProcedureFirst I chose my the top ten schools that could be a possibility of going to. Then I created a survey of 20 questions with four possible answers which regarded the different aspects of an ideal college for me. Next I weighed the questions with the appropriate point value that matched their importance to me. I continued to survey the ten schools researching them to find out what scores they would have received on my survey, making an account of the point given for each school as well as the running total of all the questions. Lastly I reviewed my results to figure out which college is the best fit for me to attend.WeightingThe way I weighted each was different according to the importance value to me in a college. I assigned more desirable questions with higher point value and less desirable questions with a lower point value. The least important questions were worth 10 points maximum while the most important questions were worth 20 points. For example, I gave a question about a doctor always being on call only 10 possible points because it wasn’t as important to me as a question about having a psychology and/or business major which I gave 20 possible points. The question’s answers were also assigned a certain point value according to their level of desirability. I gave a higher point value to a an answer that I wanted the most from a college. For example, I prefer a smaller class size so I gave that 15 points, while having a huge classroom size would result in 0 points because that is the least desirable answer.
  5. 5. PREDICTED SCORESCategories:>200 points (Ideal): Colleges in this category are the best fit for me. I know this because I would be sure that it would fit my needs in a college after scoring in this category.150-200 points (Okay for choosing): Colleges in this category would be okay to attend, but not ideal. I know this because the results might lack a few aspects that I want in a college.<150 points (Not ideal): Colleges in this category would not be a good fit for me. I know this because they did not score well on many parts of my weighted survey and showed that they were lacking in many areas that are important to me.
  6. 6. SURVEY FINDINGS KEY Original Survey EXAMPLE: What kind of environment is the Question campus in? # of each a. Rural [7pts] answer’s b. Suburban [17pts] awarded c. Urban [20pts] points in pink d. Wilderness [0pts] UW = University Of Washington WWU = Western Washington WSU = Washington State University University EWU = Eastern Washington College PLU = Pacific Lutheran University Universityabbreviations SPU = Seattle Pacific University SU = Seattle University CWU = Central Washington GRCC = Green River Community School UWUniversity SPU WSU CWU WWU College SU EWU GRCC PLU MSU MSU = Montana State University Points 5 10 15 15 15 5 5 0 15 15 Running Total 5 10 15 15 15 5 5 0 15 15 Points: # of points scored for each individual question Running Total: A total of all the points from all the questions answered so far
  7. 7. PREDICTED SCORES Ideal >200 Points UW-WSU-PLU-SPU Okay for choosing 150-200 Points CWU-WWU Not ideal <150 Points EWU-SU-GRCC-MSU
  8. 8. WEIGHTED SURVEY1) What are the degrees’ offered? a. Bachelor’s [5pts] b. Master’s [10pts] c. Both a and b [20pts] d. None of the above [0pts]School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 0 20 20Running Total 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 0 20 202) What kind of environment is the campus in? a. Rural [7pts] b. Suburban [17pts] c. Urban [20pts] d. Wilderness [0pts]School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 20 7 20 7 17 7 20 17 17 7Running Total 40 27 40 27 37 27 40 17 37 27
  9. 9. WEIGHTED SURVEY3) Is there campus security? a. 24 hours a day [20pts] b. Only in the day[4pts] c. Only at night [10pts] d. None [0pts]School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20Running Total 60 47 60 47 57 47 60 37 57 474) What is the size for first-time degree-seeking freshmen? a. <1,000 Small [7pts] b. 1,000-3,050 Medium [10pts] c. 3,050-5,000 Large [5pts] d. >5,000 Huge [3pts]School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 3 5 5 3 10 10 10 7 7 10Running Total 63 52 65 50 67 57 70 44 64 57
  10. 10. WEIGHTED SURVEY5) What percentage of total applicants is admitted? a. >85% Most [10pts] b. 70-85% Many [7pts] c. 55-70% Some [5pts] d. <55% Few [0pts]School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 5 5 7 7 7 7 7 10 7 5Running Total 68 57 72 57 74 64 77 54 71 626) What is tuition for a Washington resident? a. <$10,000 [20pts] b. $10,000-$14,999 [15pts] c. $15,000-$20,000 [10pts] d. >$20,000 [0pts]School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 20 15 0 20 20 20 0 20 0 10Running Total 88 72 72 77 94 84 77 74 71 72
  11. 11. WEIGHTED SURVEY7) How many organizations are there to get involved in? a. >750 [20pts] b. 650-750 [15pts] c. 450-650 [10pts] d. <450 [0pts]School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Running Total 108 72 72 77 94 84 77 74 718) What is the population of the city the campus is in? a. <50,000 Small [5pts] b. 50,000-249,999 Average [7pts] c. 250,000-500k Large [10pts] d. >500k Huge [3pts]School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 3 5 3 5 7 5 3 5 10 5Running Total 111 77 75 82 101 89 80 79 81 77
  12. 12. WEIGHTED SURVEY9) What type of school is it? a. University [15pts] b. Community College[10pts] c. Liberal Arts College [5pts] d. Vocational-Technical (Vo-Tech) and Career Colleges [3pts] School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 10 15 15Running Total 126 92 90 97 116 104 95 89 96 9210) Does the school gives scholarships for cheerleading or soccer? a. Both [15pts] b. Neither [0pts] c. Only Cheerleading [10pts] d. Only Soccer [10pts] School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 0 10Running Total 136 102 100 107 126 114 105 99 96 102
  13. 13. WEIGHTED SURVEY11) What is the graduation rate? a. >85% [15pts] b. 70-85 [10pts] c. 55-69 [5pts] d. <55% [0pts]School0 UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 10 5 5 5 5 0 10 0 10 0Running Total 146 107 105 112 131 114 115 99 106 10212) What is the most frequent class size? a. <20 Small [15pts] b. 20-29 Average [7pts] c. 30-40 Large [5pts] d. >40 Huge [0pts] School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 5 15 15 7 7 7 15 7 15 15Running Total 154 112 120 119 138 121 130 106 121 117
  14. 14. WEIGHTED SURVEY13) Is psychology and/or business major offered? a. Both [20pts] b. Neither [0pts] c. Just psychology [15pts] d. Just business [10pts] School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 10 20 20Running Total 171 132 140 139 158 141 150 116 141 13714) Is a doctor always on call? a. 100% [10pts] b. 99%-75% [7pts] c. 74%-50% [5pts] d. <50% [3pts School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 10 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7Running Total 181 139 147 146 165 148 157 123 148 144
  15. 15. WEIGHTED SURVEY15) Is there a campus-wide network and wireless internet connections available? a. Both campus-wide network available & wireless internet connections [10pts] b. Only a campus-wide network [5pts] c. Only wireless internet connections [7pts] d. Neither [0pts] School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 7 10 10Running Total 191 149 157 156 175 158 167 130 158 15416) What percent of first-year students live in college housing? a. >85% [10pts] b. 75-85% [7pts] c. 50-75% [5pts] d. <50% [0pts]School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 5 10 10 10 10 5 10 0 10 7Running Total 196 159 167 166 185 163 177 130 168 161
  16. 16. WEIGHTED SURVEY17) Are parking facilities are available on campus? a. Yes for free [10pts] b. Yes with a fee [7pts] c. Yes with restrictions [5pts] d. No [0pts] School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7Running Total 203 166 174 173 192 170 184 137 175 16818) What percentage of transfer students is admitted? a. >85% Most [15pts] b. 70-85% Many [10pts] c. 55-70% Some [5pts] d. <55% Few [0pts] School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 5 10 10 10 5 10 10 10 15 10Running Total 208 176 184 183 197 180 194 147 190 178
  17. 17. WEIGHTED SURVEY19) How many students attend the school? a. <5,000 Small [7pts] b. 5,000-9,999 Medium [10pts] c. 10,000-15,000 Large [5pts] d. >15,000 Huge [0pts] School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 0 0 7 5 5 10 7 10 7 5Running Total 208 176 191 188 202 190 201 157 197 18320) What is the driving commute time from Kent, WA? a. <1 hour [20pts] b. 1-4 hours [15pts] c. 4-8 hours [10pts] d. >8 hours [0pts] School UW WSU SPU CWU WWU EWU SU GRCC PLU MSU Points 20 10 20 15 15 10 20 20 20 0Running Final Total 228 186 211 203 203 200 221 177 217 183 score
  18. 18. GRAPH OF FINAL SCORES Ideal Not Ideal240 228 221 211 217220 203 203 200200 186 183 177180160140 University Of Washington Washington State University Seattle Pacific University Central Washington University Western Washington University Eastern Washington University Seattle University Green River Community College Pacific Lutheran University Montana State University
  19. 19. RESULTSMean: 202.9Mode: 203Median: 203Range: 51Standard Deviation: 286.9
  20. 20. CONCLUSIONExperiment SummaryFrom researching the questions for all ten colleges I have a very good idea of where I will attend, based on the results of how they will fit my needs. The weighing system made sure that colleges with a more desirable quality got higher points then those that didn’t.Process ImprovementA way I could have improved my experiment was including the sports aspect in my hypothesis. Also, I assigned a few questions with high point values that I felt in the end should have been lower because they were not as important as other questions. If I would have done this my results would have had a greater range, thus giving me a better picture of how the colleges compared.
  21. 21. CONCLUSION CONT.In the end my hypothesis was supported because University of Washington showed to be the best fit for me according to my results. This was not surprising to me because most of my questions gave higher points to schools that were near me. I was however to see that Seattle University was a close second because I haven’t even considered going there until I did this experiment. Instead of being dead set on going to the University of Washington I may look into attending Seattle University as well.Overall I found this experiment extremely helpful to me. As I said, all my life I have been set on going to the University of Washington because my dad attended there and our family has always rooted for the Husky football team so we practically bleed purple and gold. As a senior in high school I am currently applying for colleges and after this experiment I plan on applying to a few that I wasn’t going to before.
  22. 22. WORKS CITED PAGECollege Admissions - SAT - University & College Search Tool. (n.d.). College Admissions - SAT - University & College Search Tool. Retrieved December 13, 2011, from http://collegeboard.orgCollege Search - Find a College That is the Best Fit for You at Petersons.com. (n.d.). College Information - Petersons - The Real Guide to Colleges and Universities. Retrieved December 13, 2011, from http://www.petersons.com/college-search.aspxCollege Reviews by Students for Students - College Prowler. (n.d.). College Reviews by Students for Students - College Prowler. Retrieved December 13, 2011, from http://collegeprowler.com/College Education | Scholarships | Admissions. (n.d.). Test Prep: GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, SAT, ACT, and More. Retrieved December 13, 2011, from http://www.princetonreview.com/college- education.aspx

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