The NSSE survey, launched in 2000 and updated in 2013, assesses the extent to which students engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development. The questionnaire collects information in five categories: (1) participation in dozens of educationally purposeful activities, (2) institutional requirements and the challenging nature of coursework, (3) perceptions of the college environment, (4) estimates of educational and personal growth since starting college, and (5) background and demographic information.
Institutions can elect to append up to two additional sets of questions to the standard survey. Click for details.
Survey Instruments by Year
To view other versions of the NSSE survey instrument, click the year below.
For information about licensing NSSE items, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use of the copyrighted NSSE survey without permission is prohibited.
NSSE 2016 Versions
The following links are paper-formatted facsimiles of the online NSSE instrument.
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A useful paper-formatted facsimile of the survey which includes item numbering is available here. Click here for the Canadian version.
New in 2013, NSSE participating institutions may append up to two Topical Modules - short sets of questions on designated topics such as academic advising, civic engagement, experiences with diversity, technology, and writing. Modules allow for deeper exploration of important areas based on campus needs.
All students who access the survey using their smartphone or tablet will experience a mobile optimized survey format starting with NSSE 2016. Click here for more information.