National Survey of Student Engagement


NSSE is short for National Survey of Student Engagement


The survey is sent to all first-year students and all seniors


You will receive an email February 11th with the survey link
* If you don't receive the email check your spam folder


VCU wants to hear what you see as strengths and weaknesses


If you complete the survey you could win one of these 65 prizes

Information for Students

What is The National Survey of Student Engagement? 

The National Survey of Student Engagement is a survey designed for students like you to provide information about your undergraduate experience, including your views about the quality of your education and how you spend your time. The survey was developed and is administered by the Center for Survey Research at Indiana University. The survey includes questions about your interactions with faculty and students, and your experiences with diverse perspectives, academic advising, and other experiences that contribute to your learning. Each year, hundreds of colleges and universities of all types and sizes participate in the survey. VCU has participated in the survey for many years in order to understand the experiences of first-year students and seniors.

How did you get my name?

At VCU, every first-year student and senior is invited to take the survey. 

Why should I complete the survey?

Because your experience matters! VCU needs to know what you think of your undergraduate experience, the kinds of activities in which you engage, and how you are benefiting from your studies. This information helps faculty and administrators identify the areas that can and should be improved to make sure you get the most out of your undergraduate experience. By participating in the survey, you have an opportunity to make VCU an even better place for students to learn. In fact, many of the common experiences and programs you have as first-year students at VCU were shaped, in part, by past student responses to NSSE.

Did we mention you could win a prize? 

All VCU students who complete the survey by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 28, will be entered into a drawing to win one of 65 prizes (2 iPad minis, 3 Barnes and Noble gift cards, 29 t-shirts, and 31 Starbucks gift cards).  If your name is drawn, you will be notified by campus email the following week. Additional drawings may be held for unclaimed prizes.

Will people see my personal responses?

No. Individual responses are not reported; they are combined and reported with other student responses.

How will the data be used?

The data will be used by faculty, advisors, student affairs staff, and others to understand what aspects of your undergraduate experience contribute most to your learning, and what aspects need to be improved. Faculty in your school or college and the Focused Inquiry Program will be able to examine the information in different ways, such as learning about the experiences of women and men or the experiences of full-time and part-time students. VCU will also use the information in reporting to external authorities, such as regional accrediting agencies, which are responsible to the general public for assuring quality in higher education.

In addition, the Center for Survey Research at Indiana University, which administers NSSE, will combine VCU student responses with responses of students at hundreds of other colleges and universities to develop annual reports about the collective experiences of undergraduate students.

I get surveyed all the time. How is this survey different?

You've heard the expression, 'think globally, act locally’? This is a national project with immediate local implications; thousands of students are getting the same survey. And people will be interested in what undergraduate students as a group think about their education. But it's also important that VCU finds out directly from you about your experience and how it compares to the experiences of students at other colleges and universities. This will give your faculty and administrators an answer to the question: 'How well are we doing?'


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