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RIDE. Revista Iberoamericana para la Investigación y el Desarrollo Educativo

versão On-line ISSN 2007-7467


TORRES-ZAPATA, Ángel Esteban; ACUNA-LARA, Juana Patricia; ACEVEDO-OLVERA, Gloria Esther  e  VILLANUEVA ECHAVARRIA, José Rafael. College Admission Profile Characterization: Considerations for decision making. RIDE. Rev. Iberoam. Investig. Desarro. Educ [online]. 2019, vol.9, n.18, pp.539-556. ISSN 2007-7467.

In higher education curriculum design, admission profile has always been a key aspect for academic success since it is a bridge between the profession and admission profile, However, the problem lies in the fact that universities rarely focus in applying strategies that help identify new applicants’ skills and individualities, a crucial aspect to design and develop activities more suited to students needs and talents. Due to this fact, speaking of the ones responsible for the Nutrition Bachelor’s Degree of the Health Science School at the Universidad Autónoma del Carmen, the main concern is to gather information to help strengthen and reorganize the curricula and its admission and selection protocols.


An exploratory, descriptive non experimental study was conducted with a quantitative approach and a transversal descriptive liner. A non-probabilistic study sample was used, since all student applications for 2018 were included.


Relative to socio-demographic data, program coverture was 85.71% of the student applications total, candidates presented an average age of 19 ± 4.41 years. Gender related data showed that 27.8% were male and 72.2% female. 100% percent of the applicants declared their marital status as single and only 2.7% have children. Data related to place of origin, 58 are from Ciudad del Carmen (Campeche). Also, it was determined that 42% (15) of the foreign new students are living with relatives, with a friend or alone. In relation to work, 97% (35) don’t have a job and 3% (1) have a part time job. Data related to socio - cultural and education indicators from candidates revealed that 25% of the applicants studied in private high schools while 75% attended public schools. Related to graduation date from high school 2.78% graduated in 2012, 5.5% in 2015, 2.78 in 2017 and 88.89 % in 2018. Average scores obtained by applicants during high school years presented a 78.38 ± 8.58. An 83.33% of applicants have the required high school specialization area and 84.25% of the study subjects indicated to have covered during the last year of high school the pre- requisites declared on the admission profile. 42.36% of the applicants recognize their need to improve basic skills listed as requirement on the admission profile. Related to the nutritional status of the candidates 55.56% presented nutritional health issues.


It was determined that the admission profile characteristics of the 2018 candidates to the Nutrition Bachelor´s degree program, exposed the need to generate intervention strategies to decrease school dropout rates.

Palavras-chave : Students; Nutrition Bachelor´s degree; Admission Profile; College / University.

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