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Class of 2017 Mindset List Casts Students as Digital Natives

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BELOIT, Wis.) -- Wanna know what college kids are thinking these days?  Every year, Wisconsin's Beloit College publishes what it calls a "mindset" list on a mission to answer that very question. This year's list, released Tuesday, offers some insight into the minds of kids -- many of them born in 1995 -- entering college this fall.


It turns out, one item near the top of the list isn't really a surprise: Kids in the class of 2017 belong to the sharing generation. They share everything, from information to pictures and even possessions. Their rites of passage include getting a mobile phone, not a driver's license. And you think GM stands for General Motors?  These kids think it means "genetically modified."

First released in 1998, Beloit's Mindset List was meant to be, "a reminder for faculty to be aware of dated references." It continued to grow in popularity, becoming an internationally monitored catalog that provided, "a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college each fall." Now, Mindset List sites receive more than a million visits every year.

Check out this year's Beloit Mindset List for the Class of 2017.

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