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College Senior Survey

Registration for the 2014 CSS survey is now closed.
We will open registration this fall for the 2015 CSS.

The College Senior Survey (CSS) connects academic, civic, and diversity outcomes with a comprehensive set of college experiences to measure the impact of college. Although the CSS can be used as a stand-alone instrument, when used in conjunction with the CIRP Freshman Survey (TFS), the Diverse Learning Environments Survey (DLE), or the Your First College Year Survey (YFCY), the CSS generates valuable longitudinal data on students' cognitive and affective growth during college.


About the College Senior Survey

The College Senior Survey is designed as an exit survey for graduating seniors. The CSS focuses on a broad range of college outcomes and post-college goals and plans including:

  • academic achievement and engagement
  • student-faculty interaction
  • cognitive and affective development
  • student goals and values
  • satisfaction with the college experience
  • degree aspirations and career plans
  • post-college plans

The CSS also includes space for up to 35 institution-specific questions, including both open- and closed-ended items.

Schools participating in the CSS receive an institutional profile, which includes your institutional results broken out by sex, full and part-time status, comparisons with other similar institutions, significance testing, effect sizes, CIRP Constructs and Theme reports, and a data file of your student responses.

Schools using the CSS as a post-test to the TFS, YFCY, or DLE will also receive a Longitudinal Profile, which can be used to assess growth and change over time.

The 2014 administration of the CSS will be available only as an online survey. The survey can be administered either with your campus managing the email notification process, or for ease of use, you can elect to have HERI manage the email notifications to students. Our CIRP Web Portal allows you maximum flexibility in setting email notification and reminder dates, customized, "welcome" and "thank you" pages, customized email notifications, and input of additional questions. Throughout the administration, you can monitor your response rates in real time. Your survey data updates in real time, so you can download your preliminary data file at any point to analyze early responses.

Web Survey Features

  • HERI can send customizable email notifications (including reminders) to your students
  • Your "Welcome" and "Thank you" screens can be customized
  • You can upload your own additional questions, including 30 closed-ended questions and five open-ended questions

Review our Frequently Asked Questions page about web survey administration.

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The Survey Instrument

Important Forms and Documentation

Fees / Withdrawal Policy


Participation Fee


Processing Fee

  $1.00 per survey processed


Customized Welcome and Thank You Pages



Close-ended (30) and Open-ended (5) questions



Email distribution to students




Billing Policy

Upon registration, institutions are sent one bill for the participation fee. After each institution completes their survey administration and returns the data for processing, the per-survey processing fees are calculated and a second bill is sent to each institution for their respective processing charges. Institutions are also billed separately for any Data Service Orders they may place, and these bills are sent out after the completion and fulfillment of each Data Service Order.

Withdrawal Policy

You may cancel without penalty up to the time that the unique web log-in codes have been sent to your institution, or distributed per your institution's direction. If the web log-in codes have already been sent to your institution or distributed via HERI's email distribution service to your intended survey participants, you will be charged a withdrawal fee of $100. In addition, if HERI has provided any customized services at your request (e.g., incorporated on-line additional questions, etc), you will also be responsible for the full cost of these services.