Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ph.D. in Higher Education



First Advisor

Amy E. Wells Dolan

Second Advisor

Katie Busby

Third Advisor

David Rock

Relational Format



Using Perna’s (2006) college choice model as the conceptual framework, the researcher utilized two data analyses to complete this study. First, multiple regressions were performed on three groups of variables: entrance examination, core high school gpa, and cumulative high school gpa; gender, ethnicity, and residency; and first-generation status and Mississippi congressional district. Second, a chi square test was completed to discover how likely it is that a student’s application date is related to the acceptance rate (likelihood of acceptance) and yield rate (likelihood of matriculating) of the University of Mississippi freshman class.



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