What the Class of 2016 knows

August 21, 2012

On Monday Wisconsin-based Beloit College released its annual Mindset List for this fall's cohort of first-year students -- the Class of 2016. Most of them born in 1994, these students were "born into cyberspace and they have therefore measured their output in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds." Members of the Class of 2016 "are probably the most tribal generation in history and they despise being separated from contact with friends." These students should keep their eyes open for Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning at freshmen orientation, and, having grown up with MP3s and iPods, never listen to music on the car radio and really have no use for radio at all. Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for "save," a telephone for "phone," and a snail mail envelope for "mail" have oddly decorated these students' smartphone and tablet screens. Beloit College Mindset List 2016