National Survey of Student Engagement
2005 Annual Report

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Response Rate Summary


Click a category below to see a breakdown of average response rates by different institutional types.

Carnegie Classification
Institutional TypesNumber of InstitutionsAverage Response Rate
Doctoral-Extensive5333%
Doctoral-Intensive4032%
Master's22536%
Baccalaurate Liberal Arts9349%
Baccalaurate General Colleges6939%
Institutional Control (Public/Private)
Institutional TypesNumber of InstitutionsAverage Response Rate
Public24033%
Private27845%
NSSE Administration Mode
Institutional TypesNumber of InstitutionsAverage Response Rate
Paper17235%
Web Only16742%
Web Plus18939%
Barron's Selectivity Rating (Noncompetitive to Most Competitive)
Institutional TypesNumber of InstitutionsAverage Response Rate
Noncompetitive3232%
Less Competitive7334%
Competitive19736%
Competitive Plus2638%
Very Competitive10742%
Very Competitive Plus2351%
Highly Competitive3943%
Highly Competitive Plus1752%
Most Competitive1455%
Institutional Locale (Large City to Rural)
Institutional TypesNumber of InstitutionsAverage Response Rate
Large City10038%
Mid-size city15939%
Urban fringe of large city9138%
Urban fringe of mid-size city3836%
Large town2236%
Small town9342%
Rural2540%
Region
Institutional TypesNumber of InstitutionsAverage Response Rate
New England4940%
Mid East9638%
Great Lakes7641%
Plains5544%
Southeast13738%
Southwest3430%
Rocky Mountains1240%
Far West5238%
Canada1043%
Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Institutional TypesNumber of InstitutionsAverage Response Rate
Less than 5001252%
Between 501 and 10004350%
Between 1001 and 200012343%
Between 2001 and 30006942%
Between 3001 and 50008839%
Between 5001 and 100008832%
Between 10001 and 200008032%
More than 200002531%
Full-time Student Percentage
Institutional TypesNumber of InstitutionsAverage Response Rate
More than 90% Full-time20244%
Between 80% and 90% Full-time13936%
Between 60% and 80% Full-time12835%
Less than 60% Full-time4934%
Female Student Percentage
Institutional TypesNumber of InstitutionsAverage Response Rate
More than 90% Female1755%
Between 70% and 90% Female3439%
Between 60% and 70% Female15738%
Between 50% and 60% Female24338%
Between 30% and 50% Female5237%
Less than 30% Female1553%




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