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Student Surveys

The Freshman Survey (annual, administered during Freshman Orientation): a wide-ranging survey of students’ backgrounds, aspirations, habits, opinions, and interests. Administered by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA. See the 2020 survey questions here.

Your First College Year Survey (2015-2018; administered in the spring): a HERI survey that tracks student experiences during their first year in college. Many of the questions from The Freshman Survey are repeated to look at changes over time. See the 2018 survey questions here

College Senior Survey (annual, administered in the spring): a survey that measures a variety of outcomes of the college experience and students’ impressions of their time in college. Also administered by HERI and repeats many questions from The Freshman Survey and the Your First College Year Survey, permitting observation of change over time. See the 2020 survey questions here.

National Survey of Student Engagement (now every three years, administered in the spring): an extensive survey of freshmen and seniors that measures experiences with various types of engagement indicators and high-impact teaching practices. Administered by the NSSE Institute at Indiana University. See the 2021 survey questions here.

Healthy Minds Survey (administered every other year in the fall): a survey administered by the University of Michigan that examines student mental health, utilization of mental health services, and several other topics. See the 2020 survey questions here.

National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement: a study conducted by The Instititute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University. Student enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse is matched with public voter files for both the presidential and midterm elections. The voting files on public record contain information on whether the person registered to vote and whether they ended up voting. It does not indicate how the person voted. Also, after the enrollment information is matched to the voting information, the records are completely deidentified before being sent to the IDHE. Click here for more information about this study. 

Data reports from student surveys

Every time Wabash participates in one of these surveys, the College receives several reports summarizing our students’ data and comparing their responses to students at peer institutions. Selected reports from recent administrations of these surveys are below. The College also receives the raw survey data, with which we may conduct additional analyses. If you have an interest in exploring the raw data to answer a question for your project, or if you would like consultation on interpreting the institutional reports, please contact the Office of Institutional Research.

Please note that the IR office removes statistics for groups of less than 10 students for the reports below to ensure student confidentiality. 

HERI: Freshman Survey    2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
HERI: Your First College Year 2018 2017 2016 2015
HERI: College Senior Survey 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
NSSE 2021 2018 2016 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Healthy Minds Study 2020 2018
NSLVE 2020