Phones before TVs, “Pitch Perfect” expectations and other fun facts from Redlands freshman

September 30th, 2013 | by Brett Kelman | Comments

Not a single University of Redlands freshman reported to school without a cell phone, but none of the freshman said a TV was a “must-have” item for college, according to a survey of incoming students conducted by the school.

The 28-question survey, released last week, polled 673 freshman on everything from prospective careers to doing their own laundry. According to the school, the results revealed the class of 2017 “is techie, service oriented and wants to study abroad.”

Courtesy of University of Redlands

Courtesy of University of Redlands

The fact that none of the freshman say they need a TV could be a sign of the changing way that young people get their entertainment. Ninety-seven percent of students brought a computer, and 56 percent said they will use their computer for watching TV. More than 72 percent said they plan to stream their favorite shows and movies from a service like Netflix.

Here are some more fun facts from the survey:

“About 69 percent of students enjoy listening to music on a digital music player, but only 9 percent said they brought a gaming console to campus.”

“More than 85 percent of students plan to study abroad—hoping to travel to locations including Salzburg, Japan, Italy, China, Greece and Spain—revealing a growing interest in study abroad, up 5 percent from last year.”

“54 percent of students expect college life to be much like that depicted in the movie “Pitch Perfect.”

“Almost 88 percent of students have done their own laundry.”

“Almost 75 percent of students predicted someone in their family would cry when they said goodbye, and most predicted it would be their moms.”

For more info on the survey, visit the university website.



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