At colleges across the country, a record 21.8 million students are descending on campuses. The incoming freshmen are easy to spot – they’re the ones with parents dragging into the dorms everything that wasn’t nailed down back home.
What the class of 2018 – most born in 1996 – also brings to campus is a somewhat different worldview from their elders … a.k.a. professors. To help profs avoid “hardening of the references,” Beloit College has released an annual “Mindset List” since 1998. Compiled by authors Ron Nief and Tom McBride, the list offers “a look at the cultural touchstones and experiences” of the incoming class.