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The National Survey of College Engagement (NSSE)

The National Survey of College Engagement (NSSE)
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The National Survey of College Engagement (NSSE)


What is the National Survey of Student Engagement?

The NSSE is a survey instrument developed by Indiana University. Institutions, such as New Paltz, use the data to identify aspects of the undergraduate experience inside and outside the classroom that can be improved. It is also used by prospective college students, their parents, college counselors, and researchers in learning more about how students spend their time at different colleges and universities, and what they gain from those experiences. The survey is conducted at New Paltz once every three years. Visit the NSSE website for more information.


Who takes the survey?

Freshmen and Seniors

Participating Institutions: 613 colleges and universities participated in NSSE 2013. More than 1,500 have participated since 2000.

Student Participation: 363,859 students completed NSSE 2009. More than 2 million students have completed the survey since 2000.


How does it help me? Why should I do it?

The information you provide about your undergraduate experience tells administrators, faculty, and staff how to improve the opportunities that we provide inside and outside of class. In addition, the information is used by high school students and researchers, as well as other colleges and universities, nationwide. Past NSSE survey results can be viewed here.

Aside from making a contribution to New Paltz, the survey gives you the opportunity to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards or one of three $50 gift certificates to the bookstore.* Email addresses of students who have completed the survey will be used for the drawings.

*Prizes are subject to rules and restrictions.



For more information or if you have any questions contact:

Lucy Walker
Office of Institutional Research and Planning