Surveys and Results

The Office of Assessment and Evaluation conducts a number of surveys related to student attitudes and perceptions.  Survey research is one of the methods by which the university systematically examines contexts that affect teaching and learning, and the results are shared with decision makers who can effect change if indicated.  All research conducted in our office follows strict guidelines developed by the American Evaluation Association and the American Educational Research Association for the ethical and responsible treatment of our participants.  Although we share survey results as broadly as possible, findings are never reported in such a way that permits identification of an individual's responses.  

The Office of Assessment and Evaluation conducts university-developed surveys, such as the VT senior survey, and facilitates the administration, analysis, and reporting of surveys, such as the CIRP and NSSE, that have been developed elsewhere.  Below is a listing of those conducted university wide, with links to reports and/or data.


VT Senior Survey
This online survey is administered annually to all graduating seniors. Student perceptions data are collected in the following categories: Courses within major, Faculty within major, Academic Advising, Opportunities within major, Technology within major, and Preparation within major. Data about knowledge, skills and abilities provided by the university and satisfaction with student services is also collected, as well as demographic information, including major, minor, gender, and ethnicity.  Graduating students are initially contacted by their departments and provided with a link to the survey.  Four follow ups of non-respondents are then conducted by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation.  Response rates vary from 42% to 48%.  Below are the university-wide results for each year.

For results of past administrations of the VT Senior Survey, please click the desired year.

2017 results    2017 instrument

2016 results    2016 instrument

2015 results    2015 instrument

2014 results    2014 instrument

2013 results    2013 instrument

2012 results    2012 instrument

2011 results    2011 instrument

2010 results    2010 instrument

2009 results    2009 instrument

2008 results    2008 instrument


VT Freshman Survey
The Survey of Incoming Freshmen is a locally-developed survey that replaces the nationally administered CIRP survey used by the university for many years.  Virginia Tech's Survey of Incoming Freshmen was first developed during the 2012-2013 academic year and was administered for the first time during the Summer of 2013.  This survey asks for students' perceptions of their high school experiences and their beliefs about what they will experience and participate in at VT.    

For results of past administrations of the VT Freshman Survey, please click the desired year.

2017 results    2017 instrument    2017 infographic
2016 results    2016 instrument    2016 infographic
2015 results    2015 instrument    2015 infographic
2014 results    2014 instrument    2014 infographic

Each year, approximately 700 colleges & universities administer the Freshman Survey to over 400,000 entering freshmen. We administered the Freshman Survey to all entering students during orientation or registration until 2012. The survey covers a wide range of student characteristics: parental income and education, ethnicity, and other demographic items; financial aid; secondary school achievement and activities; educational and career plans; and values, attitudes, beliefs, and self-concept. Published annually in "The American Freshman," the results from these surveys “provide a comprehensive portrait of the changing character of entering students and American society at large.”  

For results of past administrations of the CIRP at VT, please click the desired year.

2011 VT CIRP Profile     2011 CIRP instrument

2010 VT CIRP Profile     2010 CIRP instrument

2009 VT CIRP Profile    2009 CIRP instrument

2008 VT CIRP Profile    2008 CIRP instrument    

2007 VT CIRP Profile    2007 CIRP instrument

2006 VT CIRP Profile    2006 CIRP instrument

VT CIRP Trends 1971-2006


National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is designed to obtain information from colleges and universities nationwide about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and professional development.  The survey asks students to rate their level of participation in activities that have been shown to relate to academic and personal development, along with the number of hours preparing for classes, working for pay, and providing care for dependents.  Questions also focus on mental activities (memorization, synthesis, analysis) in which they engage as well as relationships with others and perceptions of their overall collegiate experience.

For results of past administrations of the NSSE survey here at VT, please click the desired year.

2017 results          2017 NSSE instrument        2017 snapshop

2014 results          2014 NSSE instrument        2014 snapshop

2011 results          2011 NSSE instrument

2008 results          2008 NSSE instrument

2006 results          2006 NSSE instrument


The mission of the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) is to foster better decision making by conducting and disseminating research and analysis about the role and implications of information technology in higher education. ECAR periodically surveys freshman and senior undergraduate students on what kinds of information technologies these students use, their technology behaviors, how IT impacts their experiences in their courses, and their perceptions of IT in their academic experience.  For further information about ECAR, click

In 2007, Virginia Tech participated in the national ECAR survey.  No individual institution information is available from this administration.  In 2009, Virginia Tech again participated in the national ECAR survey.