Why do Swedish students go to university? Results of an anthropological study

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This paper details the findings of an assessment of the Swedish "application crisis" to universities, where some fields have experienced a drop in applications. There are also problems with throughput of students. Our team interviewed gymnasium pupils, guidance counselors, and first year students in selected disciplines at Lund University to find out how they made their decision to come to university and what factors influence their decision to remain, drop out, or switch fields. We found that some students have a personal project for self realization, while others see the university as only a place for job/career preparation. These views are reflected among the pupils, guidance counselors and in recruitment activities. We need a more nuanced understanding of how young people view the university in their total life project. The entire report, in Swedish, is available from the author. The project was financed by the Lund Univ. Information Department.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Anthropology


  • throughput, admissions crisis, university, first year experience, social anthropology
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch
EventSecond European First Year Experience Conference - Goteborg
Duration: 2007 May 7 → …


ConferenceSecond European First Year Experience Conference
Period2007/05/07 → …

Bibliographic note

author contact: steven.sampson@soc.Lu.se see also http://www.sc.edu/fye/index.html

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