By Kara Petrovic // Fall 2013

We recently asked our students — the digitally savvy, super tweeters and texters, app lovin’, “privacy what?” Millennial Generation — to weigh in and tell us about, well, themselves.

The university has come a long way since the entering class of 1933. More than 100,000 students have come and gone, and while it’s fun to reflect back on what’s been, we thought it was high time to focus on the 10,626 students who currently make up our thriving undergraduate student body. To learn what drives them and defines them, Perspectives asked students to participate in an anonymous online survey.

Nearly 1,500 students weighed in, answering a 50-plus questionnaire on everything from love and finances to their parents and future plans. We discovered their favorite TV shows and their preferred musical genres and even tapped into their greatest fears.

In addition to the survey, we interviewed nearly 60 students from all disciplines to gauge their perceptions on where they are and where they’re going. And even after 80 years, a common thread continues to tie our current students to the entering class of 1933 — the dream to succeed. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know the next generation of Roos as much as we did.

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