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Table 3 Determinants of college outcomes of intended STEM majors

From: College major peer effects and attrition from the sciences

Variables Graduated in sciences Final major science Cumulative GPA Graduated Time to degree
Peer Ability Index:      
Intended STEM Majors −0.196*** −0.105* −0.158*** −0.150*** 0.421**
  [0.0390] [0.0444] [0.0409] [0.0176] [0.159]
Intended Non-STEM 0.217*** 0.143** 0.0498 0.122*** −0.452***
Majors [0.0347] [0.0466] [0.0306] [0.0151] [0.127]
Own Characteristics:      
Math SAT Score 0.111*** 0.109*** 0.0824*** 0.0154*** −0.0967***
  [0.00844] [0.00938] [0.00569] [0.00223] [0.0242]
Verbal SAT Score −0.0242*** −0.0271*** 0.0616*** −0.00106 −0.0367**
  [0.00315] [0.00458] [0.00354] [0.00378] [0.0107]
UC-Adjusted HS GPA 0.111*** 0.0634*** 0.283*** 0.0846*** −0.312***
  [0.00551] [0.00787] [0.00592] [0.00416] [0.0171]
Asian 0.0437*** 0.0276** −0.0474** 0.0225*** 0.0549*
  [0.00979] [0.00985] [0.0134] [0.00510] [0.0279]
Black or Hispanic −0.0240* −0.00941 −0.106*** −0.0307** 0.414***
  [0.0109] [0.0134] [0.0172] [0.00883] [0.0613]
Other non-white 0.0252** 0.0197** −0.0250* 0.00989 0.0976**
Race/ethnicity [0.00986] [0.00672] [0.0108] [0.00639] [0.0367]
Observations 84,466 84,466 83,683 84,466 67,593
R-squared 0.306 0.289 0.435 0.306 0.316
  1. Notes: Each column contains coefficient estimates from separate regressions. Each regression also contains controls for parental education, family income by cohort, college, college selectivity tier by cohort, and UC application-admission pattern fixed effects that account for the intended major listed on each application. Robust standard errors, clustered by campus, are reported in brackets. ***p < 0.01, **p < 0.05, *p < 0.1, based on a t-distribution with 5 d.f.