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.
Past Year Surveys
To view past versions of the NSSE survey instrument, click the year below.
NSSE 2013 U.S. English Version
The following links are to facsimiles of the online NSSE instrument as it appears to the student.
View Informed Consent Screens
A useful paper-formatted facsimile of the survey which includes item numbering is available here. Click here for the Canadian version.
NSSE 2014 will reflect updated wording for its sexual orientation and gender demographic items. Click here for more information.
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.
Here is an item-by-item comparison showing how the survey was updated from 2012, indicating which items were unchanged, slightly modified, significantly altered, and deleted. New items are included at the end.