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First-Year Surveys

Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey

Sponsored in part by Earlham Student Development, this CIRP survey is conducted annually during New Student Orientation.

2017 Reports

2015 Reports


2014 Reports

2013 Reports

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) "Your First College Year" Survey

This survey, which takes place at the end of a student's first year, is helpful in assessing factors that are important to first-year student academic performance, adjustment, retention, and success. View the results from the 2013 survey.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) First-Year Survey

The annual NSSA survey collects data from first-year students at the end of their academic year, assessing the extent to which undergraduate students are involved in educational practices empirically linked to high levels of learning and development.

In an effort to make it easier for people on and off campus to talk productively about student engagement and its importance to student learning, collegiate quality, and institutional improvement, NSSE uses benchmarks of effective educational practice. Each year, NSSE calculates benchmark scores to monitor performance at the institutional, sector, and national level, comparing benchmarks to "peer institutions." In 2009, these institutions were Carleton College, Centre College, Franklin and Marshall College, Kalamazoo College, Lafayette College, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Rhodes College and Scripps College.

2018 Results

2015 Results

2012 Results

NSSE Benchmarks 2001 - 2009 Trend

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