**General Information of College Students**

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**Abstract: **The purpose of this survey was to gain more general information of college students. The experiment was also finding the correlations and differences within the sample response. We found that median age of the sample is 21 years old, which correlates with the average age of students studying in their junior year. Since the majority of the class is around this age, a lot of the results are similar.

**Materials and Methods: **

The purpose of this survey was to gain more general information of college students. The only material used was the actual survey itself that was distributed through email and social media. The sample group consists mainly of students who are taking Dr. Hendrickson's Statistics 201 class. We decided on this since it was more convenient to emails the students in the class in the survey since they were going to be more likely to respond to it. The survey was also distributed on Facebook to widen the sample size. The sample was a convenience sample because most of the participants were given a choice whether to take the survey. The method was chosen because it was the easiest way to recruit participants as well as make it easier on the group. The survey used different quantitative and continuous questions to learn more about the student body.

**Discussion:**

The purpose of this experiment was to observe the frequency of variables among college students at West Virginia University. The experiment was also finding the correlations and differences within the sample response. A sample survey was used to collect and obtain responses from the sampling frame. The method being used in this experiment was non-probability sampling, allowing the sample survey to be distributed as a convenience sample, through email and social media. This also created voluntary response bias, as not everyone who received the emailed survey responded to it. Our hypothesis for this experiment was that there was going to be a correlation between class rank, number of classes and the age range of sample response. Because we used convenience sampling there was a higher probability that the sampling frame for this experiment would have been upperclassmen, because most of the experimenters were juniors and seniors. However, while convenience sampling was the easiest means to obtain information for the experimenters, it is not an accurate representation of the population being studied, which is all students attending West Virginia University. The median age of the sample is 21 years old, which correlates with the average age of students studying in their junior year. For classes being taken among the students in the sample, there are an average number of 4.3, which roughly comes out to 12 credit hours, meeting the mark for the number of credits needed per semester to be considered a full time student. A majority of the sample response for home states was Virginia. Of the 103 sample responses, 51 of them were from Virginia. This can also be a biased result because of the negative effects of using convenience sampling. A way to improve on further experiments observing correlations between rank, class number, and age would be to use stratified sampling. Surveying clusters of basic to upper level university courses and getting a representative sample for each via survey.

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**Results:**

Shown in the first chart, the most popular answer given in this question is ‘Junior’. ‘Other’ was the second most popular answer. In this chart, the most popular answer given in this question is ’21’. Answers ranged from ’18’ to ‘57’ years of age. The third chart shows the most popular answer is ‘Virginia’. Some students responded with zones outside the US. As shown in the fourth chart, the most popular answer given in this question is ‘5’. Answers ranged from '0' to '9' courses currently attended. In the fifth chart, the most popular answer given in this question is a tie between ‘1’ and ‘2’ pets owned. One student responded with ‘20’ pets owned. The sixth chart shows the most popular answer given in this question is ‘1’, with ‘2’, 1 response away from a tie. The seventh chart showed the most popular answer given in this question is ‘Fruits’. More students like both fruits and vegetables than vegetables alone. The last chart shows the most popular answer given in this question is ‘1’. Two different students responded with ’none’ owned, and ‘10’ cars owned.

What year are you?

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What is your age?

How many courses are you taking?

Where are you from?

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