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Table 4 Determinants of college outcomes of intended non-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 −0.0303 −0.0356* −0.167** −0.0704** −0.0673
  [0.0167] [0.0161] [0.0594] [0.0267] [0.130]
Intended Non-STEM 0.0345* 0.0330* 0.137* 0.0867** −0.168
Majors [0.0157] [0.0148] [0.0703] [0.0279] [0.0885]
Own Characteristics:      
Math SAT score 0.0479*** 0.0510*** 0.0257*** 0.00478** 0.000716
  [0.00607] [0.00608] [0.00518] [0.00182] [0.0102]
Verbal SAT score −0.0219*** −0.0241*** 0.0989*** 0.000802 −0.0809***
  [0.00360] [0.00387] [0.00359] [0.00276] [0.0129]
UC-adjusted HS GPA 0.0315*** 0.0307*** 0.241*** 0.0635*** −0.279***
  [0.00518] [0.00523] [0.00731] [0.00550] [0.0249]
Asian 0.0335*** 0.0349*** −0.0740*** 0.0219** 0.118***
  [0.00636] [0.00658] [0.00928] [0.00613] [0.0280]
Black or Hispanic 0.00115 0.000968 −0.101*** −0.0225** 0.325***
  [0.00372] [0.00360] [0.0147] [0.00720] [0.0298]
Other non-white 0.0157*** 0.0177*** −0.0236*** 0.00206 0.0944***
Race/ethnicity [0.00317] [0.00410] [0.00438] [0.00208] [0.0201]
Observations 156,596 156,596 153,010 156,596 125,909
R-squared 0.266 0.273 0.392 0.201 0.247
  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.