Quality & Quantity

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 541–557 | Cite as

Factors related with the university degree selection in Spanish public university system. An structural equation model analysis

  • Joan Guàrdia OlmosEmail author
  • Maribel Peró Cebollero
  • Antonio Hervás Jorge
  • Roberto Capilla Lladró
  • Pedro Pablo Soriano Jiménez
  • Manuel Porras Yañez


Students take into account different factors in their choice of university studies and college. Some are global, as the quality of the degree (ratio available places/firstchoice places in, cut-off grade, etc.), and others are subjective factors (e.g.: my friends are also taking this degree). In this work we present a partial multivariate model that takes into account the weight of the different variables shown by different works linked to this decision. We have studied three samples (\(n = 372\) from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide; \(n =\) 2,244 from the Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, and \(n = 543\) from the Universitat de Barcelona) from several degrees in the 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 academic years, all of them new students, coming from high school, and who had choosen these universities as first choice. The global effect shows that the structural model fits reasonably well in the three universities studied. Similarly, university and specialty models show different intensity effects, and we found that, in the case of Universitat Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) and Universitat de Barcelona (UB), they show higher intensity than in Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO). This makes us think that in most urban universities with a clear and regular offer of degrees (engineering in the case of UPV, and Health and Social Sciences in the case of UB), personal and social factors are more important than in the case of universities, as is the case of UPO, with an offer and dimension not yet completely defined.


College selection Structural equation models University access Higher education management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan Guàrdia Olmos
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Maribel Peró Cebollero
    • 1
    • 2
  • Antonio Hervás Jorge
    • 3
  • Roberto Capilla Lladró
    • 3
  • Pedro Pablo Soriano Jiménez
    • 3
  • Manuel Porras Yañez
    • 4
  1. 1.Departament de Metodologia de les Ciéncies del Comportament, Facultat de PsicologiaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Institut de Recerca en CervellCognició i Conducta (IR3C)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Universitat Politécnica de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  4. 4.Universidad Pablo de OlavideSevillaSpain

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