Educational Administration, Department of


Date of this Version

Spring 4-17-2015


Hoy-Elswick, J. (2015). Undergraduate Chinese student college choice: Chinese student growth at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. (Master's Thesis). University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Educational Administration, Under the Supervision of Professor James Griesen. Lincoln, Nebraska: May 2015

Copyright (c) 2015 Jacob Hoy-Elswick


In this mixed methods study, the researcher explored the importance of institutional characteristics and people who were influential in the college choice of first-year undergraduate Chinese students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL). The purpose of the research was to understand the impact and interplay of variables that previous research has shown to be significant in Chinese student decision making and how those variables applied to first-year students at UNL. A quantitative survey was administered to and completed by 25 students (n = 25) and analyzed through multivariate correlations. Qualitative surveys were then conducted with three students to gain depth and context to their answers. The results confirmed previous research and identifies interesting patterns between the importance of communication with different influencers and institutional characteristics. Interesting findings include the importance of communication timing to different influencers as well as the independent influence parents play on the decision making process. This study includes information from existing literature, outlines the methodology used for this research, reports findings of the quantitative and qualitative instrument and discusses outcomes and implications of the findings.

Advisor: James V. Griesen