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Survey Instrument: The College Student Report

Participating Institutions: 725 colleges and universities participated in NSSE 2017. Over 1,600 have participated since 2000.

Student Participation: 517,850 students completed NSSE in 2017. Approximately 6 million students have completed the survey since 2000.

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Conceived in 1998 as a new approach to gathering information about collegiate quality and piloted in 1999 with funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Read our Origins and Potential and the NSSE Timeline, 1998-2009, written to document the 10-year anniversary of the 2000 survey administration.

Related Projects

NSSE is a self-supporting auxiliary unit within the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) in the Indiana University School of Education. Other CPR studies and related projects at Indiana University and elsewhere are listed below.