Traits associated with U.S. higher education institutions in 2011, by type

This statistic shows a compilation of survey respondents’ answers to a question about the traits they associated with different types of higher education institutions in the United States as of 2011. Responses were tallied and a ranking was calculated for the four different types of institution for each respective trait. While private institutions were overall considered to be the most successful, they were ranked 3rd with respect to honesty.

Ranking of traits associated with higher education institutions in the United States in 2011, by type of institution

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Release date

October 2011


United States

Survey time period

September 2011

Number of respondents

2,000 respondents

Age group

18-55 years

Special properties

Prospective students

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original survey question: "Which of the following traits would you associate with each type of school? For each school, please select any traits that apply to each type of school. You can select one or more traits for each type of school or “none of these apply” if no traits apply to a particular type of school".

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