The Choice-of-College Decision of Academically Talented Students Open Access
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Abstract of DissertationThe Choice-of-College Decision of Academically Talented Students This dissertation sought to explore the choice-of-college decision of academically talented students using Chapman's (1981) Model of College Choice to inform the selection of variables. This study focused on what factors influenced the decision of students who earned an A/A+ average in high school to enroll in their first-choice institution of higher education. This study found that being a non-White race resulted in a smaller likelihood that an individual would enroll in their first-choice institution, compared to White students. Also, an increase of age by just one year would increase the enrollment likelihood of first-choice enrollment. As students valued the influence of their parents the more likely they were to enroll in their first-choice college. The increase of out-of-pocket costs resulted in a negative influence on an academically talented student's enrollment decision, but income was not a significant predictor of enrollment patterns. As students valued the influence of their high school counselor, the student was less likely to enroll in their first-choice institution. As students were positively influenced by the campus visit, they were more likely to enroll in their first-choice institution, which proved to be the largest predictor of choice-of-college enrollment. Students who aspired to earn a bachelor's degree were positively influenced to enroll in their first-choice institution, but any other degree level, whether higher or lower, were less likely to enroll in their first-choice institution, by comparison. Distance negatively influenced enrollment patterns, as academically talented students tended to enroll at institutions of higher education closer to their permanent residence.