HomeLEAPS: Miriam College Faculty Research Journalvol. 31 no. 1 (2009)

Trends in the Characteristics of MC College Students

Ma. Victoria A. Oullette | Editha L. De La Cruz

Discipline: Education, Professional Development



This study aimed to determine if the college students’ personalities, indicated in a personality test, significantly changed from first year to fourth year. In their first year, students were given the Edward Personal Preference Schedule (EPPS), a forced choice personality inventory that measures fifteen variables. In their senior year, the same test was given to the same students to see if there was any change in the personality variables as they mature and were about to enter a new phase in their adult lives.


Sample in this study were 207 seniors. Their scores in the test were utilized for data analysis, using percentages and factor analysis.


The test results showed that some of the students’ personality traits significantly changed after four years. A significant change was observed in the following variables: Autonomy, Affiliation, Intraception, Succorance, Dominance, Nurturance, Change and Heterosexuality.


Findings showed that students developed positive characteristics in terms of dealing with others and themselves. They have manifested positive changes in terms of leadership roles, sense of independence, performance, self-reliance and social maturity in their senior year; beneficial traits that may facilitate better realization of their goals in life.