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CIRP Freshman Survey Results for 2015

College students’ commitment to activism, civic engagement reach all-time highs

Colleges and universities across the U.S. experienced an increase in student activism over the past year, as students protested rising college costs and hostile racial climates on their campuses. Now, findings from UCLA’s annual CIRP Freshman Survey (PDF) suggest that participation in demonstrations may intensify in the months ahead.

The survey of 141,189 full-time, first-year students from around the U.S. found that interest in political and civic engagement has reached the highest levels since the study began 50 years ago. Nearly 1 in 10 incoming first-year students expects to participate in student protests while in college. Read More

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Diverse Learning Environments Survey

DLE was designed to include measures that specifically focus on aspects related to the climate for diversity, including experiences with discrimination, cross-racial interactions, validation and sense of belonging.

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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.


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Your First College Year Survey

Your First College Year is a survey designed to provide higher education practitioners and researchers with comprehensive information on the academic and personal development of first-year college students.

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HERI Blog Feature

Fifty Years: Looking Back and Moving Forward

This year marks the 50th administration of the CIRP Freshman Survey and we are excited to celebrate the release of The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2015. Since 1966, more than 15 million students at 1,900 colleges and universities have completed CIRP surveys. The CIRP Freshman Survey is the largest and longest running survey of ...

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Visualizing the 2015 Survey Findings

We have created infographic posters depicting the 2015 DLE, CSS, and YFCY survey findings so you can share the survey results on campus. We also created a customizable version of the infographics which you can use to compare your own institution's survey results. The static and customizable versions of the infographic are available for free download.

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Remembering Helen "Lena" Astin, 1932-2015

It is with heavy hearts that we said goodbye earlier this week to an incredible scholar and friend, Helen "Lena" Astin, who passed away on Tuesday, October 27th. Born in Serres, Greece in 1932, Lena came to the U.S. in 1951 to pursue an education in psychology. Having earned her bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University in 1953 ...

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Findings from the 2015 Administration

Diverse Learning Environments (DLE) Survey

This year, 2015, marked the survey’s fifth administration. The survey collected data from 19,580 student respondents attending 26 colleges and universities across the United States. In this research brief, we discuss students’ experiences with witnessing discrimination on campus, analyze how students contest discrimination, and suggest practices that may lower instances of discrimination on campuses.

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College Senior Survey (CSS)

The College Senior Survey (CSS) has been administered by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) since 1993. This year marked the survey’s 23rd administration; it contains data from 23,523 seniors graduating from 95 colleges and universities across the United States. In this research brief, we discuss students' future plans, students' loans, and views on social issues.

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Your First College Year (YFCY) Survey

Developed in 2000, the Your First College Year survey (YFCY) was the first national survey designed specifically to measure student development in the first year of college, and it is distributed to students at the end of their first year of college. The YFCY was administered for the 16th time in the Spring of 2015, when 11,267 students at 46 institutions participated in the survey.

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Other Research Briefs

Why are all the black students still sitting together in the proverbial college cafeteria?
A look at research informing the figurative question being taken by the Supreme Court in Fisher

By Uma M. Jayakumar

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Discrimination and Bias, Underrepresentation, and Sense of Belonging on Campus

By Sylvia Hurtado and Adrian Ruiz Alvarado

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