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Table 1 Characteristics of the University Population and Study Sample (n = 2514)a, 2019

From: A cross sectional assessment of basic needs insecurity prevalence and associated factors among college students enrolled at a large, public university in the Southeastern U.S

Variable University Population
n (column %)
Total Sample
n (column %)
Food Insecure
n (column %)
Housing Insecure
n (column %)
Basic Needs Insecure
n (column %)
Gender (n = 2510)
Female 15,272 (51.8) 1754 (69.8) 858 (70.5) 1196 (72.0) 672 (72.3)
Male 14,188 (48.2) 720 (28.6) 336 (27.6) 441 (26.6) 241 (25.9)
Other 36 (1.4) 23 (1.9) 24 (1.4) 17 (1.8)
Race (n = 2507)
American Indian/Alaskan Native 55 (0.2) 4 (0.2) 4 (0.3) 1 (.06) 1 (0.1)
Asian 1105 (3.9) 174 (6.9) 64 (5.3) 102 (6.1) 46 (5.0)
Black or African American 1705 (6.1) 106 (4.2) 71 (5.8) 66 (4.0) 48 (5.2)
Caucasian or White 22,575 (80.3) 2082 (82.8) 994 (81.9) 1386 (83.6) 766 (82.6)
Bi or Multiracial 1043 (3.7) 97 (3.9) 54 (4.4) 73 (4.4) 45 (4.9)
Other 1646 (5.9) 44 (1.8) 27 (2.2) 29 (1.8) 21 (2.3)
Ethnicity (n = 2509)
Hispanic or Latino 1331 (4.5) 125 (5.0) 81 (6.7) 82 (4.9) 61 (6.6)
Not Hispanic or Latino 28,129 (95.5) 2384 (94.8) 1134 (93.3) 1577 (95.1) 867 (93.4)
Age mean ± SD (n = 2512)
  < 18–20 13,126 (44.6) 758 (30.2)    
21–25 11,526 (39.2) 1130 (44.9)    
26–30 2523 (8.6) 339 (13.5) 23.57 ± 5.746 23.98 ± 5.505 23.94 ± 5.621
31 and over 2249 (7.6) 285 (11.3)    
Year in school (n = 2514)
Sophomore 5015.8 (24.0) 479 (19.1) 241 (19.8) 204 (12.3) 122 (13.1)
Junior 5272.2 (25.3) 459 (18.3) 260 (21.3) 304 (18.3) 186 (20.0)
Senior 5694.5 (27.3) 595 (23.7) 291 (23.9) 447 (26.9) 247 (26.5)
Master’s 3892.5 (18.6) 468 (18.6) 207 (17.0) 321 (19.3) 183 (19.6)
PhD or EdD ---b 392 (15.6) 161 (13.2) 300 (18.0) 142 (15.2)
First Generation Student Status (n = 2513)
First Generation student __ 609 (24.2) 348 (28.6) 427 (25.7) 273 (29.3)
Not First Generation student __ 1904 (75.7) 870 (71.4) 1235 (74.3) 658 (70.7)
  1. aItem-level sample size varied
  2. bUniversity data combined PhD or EdD demographics into Master’s demographic