Are College Freshmen Prepared?

August 30, 2010 Updated Aug 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 30, 2010 Updated Aug 30, 2010 at 8:35 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) Ready, set, study. Today is the first day of classes for many colleges across Western New York. And every year brings a new wave of college freshmen. A new campus, new dorm, new professors, new classes, and new knowledge. But what kind of knowledge to students come in with?

A new list called the "College Mindset List" released by Beloit College in Wisconsin, compiles generational information that may not be known by the incoming freshmen. For example "Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than Dirty Harry."

The list contains 75 of these somewhat funny facts. The list was originally released to professors to combat out-of-date references, but it has grown in popularity.

In a surveying of freshmen at UB's North Campus, we found that few freshmen know who Jesse Jackson is. They watch more reality TV than sitcoms. "Oldies" music is anything their parents listen to. And Fergie is a pop star, not a princess.