Freshman Survey 2017

Dan Malloy

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We conducted our third annual Freshman Survey during the book sale on August 23-24. Thanks to all the freshmen who took the time to complete the survey, and to the staff from the Counseling Department and the 9th Grade Academy Team who supported our efforts. On average, it took freshmen 5-7 minutes to complete the survey.

Each time we offer this survey, we hope to improve it with new questions and continual improvements to the survey design. This survey included new questions about how much time freshmen spend using social media and about the technology they plan to use at school. We also faced the survey stations away from the book sale area in order to give participants more privacy in answering the questions.

We reached 60% of the freshman class—considerably lower than last year’s 83%. In 2016, there were orientation activities scheduled directly after the book sale, so it was more likely for the freshmen to show up during their scheduled book sale time. This year, orientation activities were scheduled for the full day prior to the start of school and the first day of classes. Although our evidence is only anecdotal, we believe that fewer freshmen attended the book sale during the scheduled times for freshmen, instead dropping in at times that were convenient around athletic practices and end-of-summer plans. We know that we will need to consider alternate logistics for the survey if editors choose to continue collecting data next year.

Please read all of our commentary and these survey results as “based on the surveyed freshmen.” Although we did not reach the whole class, we still felt that 60% represented a strong enough sampling to share these results with our readers.

Three years of data makes us curious about the differences and developing trends. Although there is much more to this class than the answers to our survey, we hope that these graphs give a good snapshot of the Malvern Prep Class of 2020. 

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Dan Malloy ’18

Eric McLaughlin ’18

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Chase Bennett ’19

Ethan Rowley ’18

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We have more kids from Chester County this year and less from Delaware County than last year’s freshman class. (Chester County 51%, Delaware County 35% in 2016). However, there were similar numbers all around to last year. Montgomery came in at 14%, compared to 13% last year. One freshman comes from Lehigh County – mad respect there. That’s an epic commute.  

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Around 41% of the freshman class is returning Malvern Prep middle schoolers. This is down from 46% in 2015, and 44% in 2015. This does not mean the students who went to Malvern’s middle school have to only hang out with the other lifers, and the students who did not go to the middle school here have to hang out with those types of students. You will get the most out of your experience if you commit to trying to meet new people and expand your friend groups.

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According to the data, about 92% of freshmen were Catholic. That may have been different if we had gotten more of the freshmen class in the survey, but it’s a valid statistic nonetheless. Malvern Prep’s website reports that 85% of the school is Catholic, so the freshmen surveyed were actually above the average.

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According to the students surveyed, 94% of the freshman class is caucasian. Last year, that percentage was 85%, with a higher percentage of Asian (7%) and Hispanic (2%) students. This does not seem to be on track for Malvern’s goal of 20% diversity by 2020, a plan approved by the Board of Trustees in fall 2013. But again, we were only able to survey 60% of the freshman class. Perhaps there is greater diversity in the entire class, or throughout other classes at the school. We will report on this subject later in this school year.

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Most freshmen (44%) stated that they chose to attend our school for the academics. Academics was the reason for 50% of the class in 2015, and 46% of the class in 2016. Brotherhood as a reason rose nine percentage points from last year. The Catholic education was only the reason for 4% of freshmen. Considering 70% of you would have gone to a non-Catholic school if you did not go to Malvern, that number makes sense. Whatever reason you chose for coming to Malvern, you’ll find that you come to appreciate all the school has to offer. Be sure to take advantage of your opportunities here.

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We were surprised to see that Bishop Shanahan had the highest percentage of students who identified the school in second place, rising from 5% in 2016 to 13% in 2017. St. Joseph’s Prep had a dropoff from last year’s 14%. For the students who said ‘Sacred Heart,’ congrats on getting in to Malvern—and for those of you who answered ‘Malvern Prep,’ we salute you.

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We were not surprised to see that only 5% of the freshmen surveyed described themselves as liberal. 53% of freshmen described themselves as moderate, and the other 43% described themselves as either conservative or very conservative. The majority of Malvern parents are conservative, as 77% of Malvern parents surveyed in 2016 identified as such. We won’t assume that you just accept your parents’ views, but you should take some time to research and find what political stance you identify with if you haven’t already. Obviously you won’t be voting for a while, but it’s always good to stay politically active because one day you will be.

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60% of the class of 2021 said that they either somewhat approve or strongly approve of Donald Trump’s job in office so far. This is a 23% higher approval rating than Trump’s current actual approval rating, according to fivethirtyeight.com.

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76% of the freshmen are getting driven to school this year. It’s always nice to have someone kind enough to take you all the way to school and back. This is higher than in 2016 (58%), but lower than in 2015 (83%). 9% will be going the classic bus route—down significantly from 38% in 2016. 5% of freshmen will be taking the train to school.

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A promising stat for the basketball team – the freshman class is taller this year according to our survey. The class of 2021 is officially average height, meeting the national average for 14-15 year old boys. The past two freshman classes, the Class of 2019 and 2020, came in shorter at a 5’7” and a 5’6” average respectively. The sophomores and juniors may not be able to push around the freshmen too much this year.

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English is definitely not a favorite class among the freshmen. Only 5% of the class said that English was their favorite subject, while 26% of the class said it was their least favorite class. According to this year’s freshman class, Math > English. Math was voted as the favorite subject among freshman, earning 41% of the vote. The second favorite subject was Social Studies, followed by Phys. Ed. and Science. Have fun in your last year of gym class ever.

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20% of the freshmen said they’ve cheated on a test, and 38% have said they’ve cheated on a homework. This is down from 23% who said they cheated on tests and 45% on homework in 2016—but higher than 33% for tests and 10% for homework in 2015. Guys–it was an anonymous survey–no need to hide anything. If those numbers are true, you freshmen are angels. If you have cheated on an assignment, Dean of Students Mr. Tim Dougherty is tracking you down as we speak using DNA samples from the Chromebooks you took the survey from. Good luck, fellas.

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For back-to-back years, basketball is the sport that has the highest percentage of freshmen who intend to play. 45% of the class intends on playing basketball, 34% plan on playing baseball, and 29% plan on playing lacrosse. If you are a freshman hoping to be on either the sailing, indoor track, or olympic weightlifting teams, your spot on the team should be fairly safe. Significantly, no freshman marked ‘none’ as a response.

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PCs took the cake in this one, as the device of choice (or parent purchase) for 44% of the freshman class this year. However, the shocking number is that 38% of the freshmen will be using Macs this year, considering they have an average price of $1,300. That number is much higher than most PCs. We are curious to see how this works out with Malvern’s typical approach to dropping backpacks wherever we want. How many emails will go out this year for lost or missing devices? Interestingly, 5% of freshmen said they are not bringing a device to school, despite the BYAD policy that was shared with incoming students.

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Steve Jobs was a ridiculously smart man. 97% of the freshman class owns an iPhone. The average price of an iPhone in 2016 was $700. If everyone bought their phones at retail value, the freshman class would have spent over $90,000 on their phones.

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A large majority of the freshman class prefer rap music over any other genre of music. 60% of the students said that hip hop/rap was their favorite genre of music. In comparison, the next favorite genre was pop music with only 13% of the vote and then classic rock with 10% of the vote. The freshman class was not a fan of country music, at all. Out of all of the students surveyed, not a single person said that country music was their favorite type of music. 3% of the freshmen even like jamming out to Bach and Beethoven in their spare time.

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That is an amazing stat. About four out of five of you have taken trips outside of the country. Most of you must have taken exotic vacations to Europe or the Caribbean islands. Some Malvern middle school alumni have already been on trips in 8th grade last year like students who went to Nicaragua for example. For those of you who haven’t been out of the country, you will get a chance to the summer before your senior year when you go on your international service trips.

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Almost 84% of the class has never had an alcoholic beverage, up from 80% in 2016. That is a pretty impressive number. 16% of the class has alcohol at least once. It is important to know your limits and look out for your friends who may make a mistake by abusing alcohol. (Check out our editorial from last May about how the brotherhood should come into effect at parties.)

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This year, a reassuring 96% of freshmen stated they have not smoked marijuana before. For the 4% who have, it’s not a good choice. I know it may seem like a cool thing to do to you now, and you’ll be offered it more and more as high school progresses. But honestly, if someone does offer it to you, they aren’t going to care if you decline. As much has been said about it, weed does change brain chemistry down the road. So if you do want to seek help about it, you can talk to our great counseling department about steps you can take. But most of you should be fine if your steer clear.

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Same as the question about marijuana, 96% of the freshman class has never used an illegal drug or a drug that was not prescribed to them. For the people who have used these types of drugs, be sure to stop as soon as possible. These can often lead to worse and worse drugs and are simply not worth it.

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While 88% of the class say that they have never used any of these things, more people admitted to using them than any other type of drug. Even though some people do not think electronic cigarettes (vapes) are as bad for you as regular cigarettes, they can still have a damaging effect on you. Vapes are full of nicotine which cause people to become addicted. Avoid these things right away so that you do not get hooked in them.

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The entire city of Philadelphia seems to be on the Sixers wagon. With the up and coming young players, it is hard to not be a part of the Sam Hinkie fan club. The starting five of Embiid, Simmons, Fultz, Saric, and Redick are going to be dominant, and the freshman class agrees. 82% of the class #truststheprocess while 5% doesn’t and 13% doesn’t know what that means.

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100% of the freshman class identify as being heterosexual or straight. This is a greater number of students identifying as straight than the United States average. According to quartz.com, 8% of high school students in the United States identify as either lesbian, gay, or bisexual. If a classmate does eventually identify as being gay later on in your four years at Malvern, be sure to be open and welcoming to them.

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This year’s class, on average, has read eight books in the past year. Five of these books have been for school work and three have been for personal enjoyment. This is a one book drop off from last year’s freshman class (current sophomores) and a two book decrease from the freshman class two years ago (current juniors).

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The entire city of Philadelphia seems to be on the Sixers wagon. With the up and coming young players, it is hard to not be a part of the Sam Hinkie fan club. The starting five of Embiid, Simmons, Fultz, Saric, and Redick are going to be dominant, and the freshman class agrees. 82% of the class #truststheprocess while 5% doesn’t and 13% doesn’t know what that means.

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The majority of the class gets their news via television. The next biggest source of getting news is Snapchat and other social media besides Twitter and Facebook. No matter what source you are using to get your news, make sure the provider is a reliable source.

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The largest response of how students do their best academic work in the freshman class was individual work. While teachers still assign a lot of work to be done individually, there will also be lot of group projects during your time at Malvern. It is very important to work well as a team in these projects. Do not have one person do all of the work while someone else doesn’t do as much. If used well, group projects can be a great way to learn and will prepare you well for working in college and after college.

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The entire city of Philadelphia seems to be on the Sixers wagon. With the up and coming young players, it is hard to not be a part of the Sam Hinkie fan club. The starting five of Embiid, Simmons, Fultz, Saric, and Redick are going to be dominant, and the freshman class agrees. 82% of the class #truststheprocess while 5% doesn’t and 13% doesn’t know what that means.

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Only 18% of the freshman class said that they do not play in a fantasy sports league. Of the students who do play in a fantasy sports league, 39% play for money and 44% do not play for money. Fantasy Football is a great way to build relationships with friends at Malvern and is the talk around school for the Fall.

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Twitter seems to be decreasing in use, at least among this freshman class. Only 35% of the freshmen surveyed have a Twitter account—down from 49% in 2015 and 51% in 2016. Mark Zuckerberg must be glad he bought Instagram, because Facebook is even more dead among the youth. Only 11% of the incoming freshmen have an account—this was 22% in 2015 and 23% in 2016. Instagram and Snapchat are up and coming, as 88% and 83% of freshmen respectively use those apps. Based on the numbers, it looks like Snapchat has the edge in total time wasted. We can all relate to the late night binges on Snapchat Discover, reading insightful Daily Mail articles.

(Based on this article from Business Insider, most of the class of 2021 may be underestimating time spent on social media use. But we trust you.)

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