Surveys of Undergraduates

NEW!   Entering First Year Student Survey 

This survey was designed to replace and improve upon the prohibitively lengthy CIRP Freshman Survey (see below). The paper, scannable survey was administered during summer New Student Orientation (NSO) to the vast majority of incoming first year students.  (International first years were invited to complete an online version.) The survey includes questions about students’ pre-college activities, educational aspirations, reasons for deciding to attend UMass Amherst, mental health, personal values, anticipated need for support (e.g. life skills, wellness), and the extent to which they are looking forward to specific opportunities at the University. 

Please see the New: Entering First Year Student Survey page for a link to the survey results and report.

CIRP Freshman Survey

The CIRP Freshman Survey is a longstanding endeavor of UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute (HERI). Launched in 1966, the national Freshman Survey gathers a wide array of data on entering first year students, including high school activities and experiences, reasons for attending college, educational and career plans, expectations for involvement, values, attitudes, beliefs, and self-concepts.

Please see below for the most recent Freshman Survey reports. Please see the Entering Characteristics (CIRP) page for more details and links to survey results and reports.

NEW!   Entering Transfer Student Survey 

Conducted for the first time in fall 2018, the content of this online survey is nearly identical to that of the new Entering First Year Student survey (see above).  The survey includes questions about entering transfer students’ activities in the past year, educational aspirations, reasons for deciding to attend UMass Amherst, mental health, personal values, anticipated need for support (e.g. life skills, wellness), and the extent to which they are looking forward to specific opportunities at the University.

Please see the New: Entering Transfer Student Survey page for a link to the survey results and report.

Graduating Senior Survey

First developed and conducted at UMass Amherst in 1999, the Graduating Senior Survey is administered in the spring to all undergraduate students who are poised to graduate.  The survey gathers data about students’ satisfaction with their overall University experience, their satisfaction with specific aspects of their educational experience in their major, their participation in High Impact Practices (HIPS), perceived learning outcomes, and post-graduation plans for employment and further education.

Please see the Graduating Senior Survey page for more details about survey methods and links to reports. 

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

This prominent national survey of first year students and seniors is conducted by Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research every spring.  Since 2002, UMass Amherst has participated in the survey triennially to assess how involved students are in practices associated with high levels of learning. In 2017, UMass Amherst response rates for NSSE (53% for first years and 47% for seniors) far exceeded those of our comparison institutions.

Please see the Student Experience page on NSSE for more details and links to survey results and reports.  For more information on the national NSSE survey, visit the NSSE website.

Other Surveys of Undergraduates

OAPA develops and conducts surveys of undergraduate students to assess needs, inform educational practice and planning, and support administrative decision-making.

  • Academic Advising Survey (2016)
  • First Year Seminar Survey (2015-Present)
  • Student Learning Survey (2014-16)
  • Academic Honesty Survey (2014)
  • Integrative Experience Survey (2012-Present)