You will understand your students better if you do a little research before the first day of class. Many people in their 30s, 40s, and beyond are now enrolled in undergraduate degree programs. Nevertheless, the majority of your students will be younger than that and likely younger than you.

Faculty members sometimes begin to put their undergraduate students’ experiences in perspective by looking over the Beloit College Mindset List. The list is a general statement of the experiences and events that likely have shaped the world view of most students as they begin their college education. The list does not describe every first-year student’s mindset (note the comments on the site’s home page), but is a generalization and a fun “read.”

Every semester the Office of the Registrar publishes a Profile of Students Enrolled at the University of Iowa. While this report provides data on UI students, the Office of Assessment has also surveyed undergraduate students about their academic and extra-curricular experiences at UI. See their website for recent Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) and Senior Exit survey results and reports.