Student Life Cycle
- Entering Student Survey
- Enrolled Student Surveys
- First-year Follow-up Survey
- First-term Advising and Mentoring Survey
- Sophomore Survey
- Junior Survey
- Study Abroad Survey
- Returning Senior Survey
- Senior Survey
- Senior Exit Interviews
- Alumnae Survey
- Baccalaureate Origins Study (Ph.D. Recipients)
Entering Student Survey
Up through 2007, Wellesley gave entering students a national survey put out by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) based at UCLA. In 2008, we decided to administer our own, much shorter survey that is better tailored to Wellesley College. The survey asks about high school experiences and expectations for college, and provides a portrait of the entering class that can help faculty and administrators in planning and policy making. Beginning in 2006, the Entering Student Survey was sent to students via the MyWellesley portal before they arrived on campus.
CIRP 1999 – 2007
Wellesley Entering Student Survey 2008 - 2011
Next Entering Student Survey administration: August 2012
Enrolled Student Survey
Surveys of enrolled students (first-years through seniors) are administered every few years during the spring semester. They ask about students' experiences in and out of the classroom, their academic plans, the advising they receive, the progress they feel they have made since entering Wellesley, and their overall satisfaction with the college. The surveys are administered by the Office of Institutional Research. Unless otherwise noted, the surveys were administered in conjunction with The Consortium on the Financing of Higher Education (COFHE) and were sent to all students currently on campus. The Cycles survey, while was administered through COFHE, was created by the Five Colleges (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Smith College).
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
NSSE is a national survey designed to measure the extent to which students at a wide range of colleges and universities engage in the types of activities that research has shown are associated with success in college. It asks how much effort students put into various educational activities, and the extent to which colleges support their students by providing academic challenges, opportunities for active learning, responsive faculty, enriching educational experiences, and a welcoming campus environment. Wellesley administered it to first-years and seniors in the spring of 2008.
CHAS Campus Climate Survey 2009
Wellesley College was one of twenty colleges and universities administering the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) Campus Climate Survey in October, 2009. The survey asked students from all four classes to rate their satisfaction with various aspects of campus life, their participation in different activities, and, in particular, their interactions with students unlike themselves and the sense of community that exists on their campus. The survey was sent electronically to half of each of the four classes and achieved a response rate of 53%.
Reports available for:
- College Student Experiences Questionnaire (CSEQ) 2001
- Cycles 1996 vs. 1999
- Enrolled Student Survey 2003
- Enrolled Student Survey (Cycles) 2004
- Enrolled Student Survey 2007
- The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2008
- CHAS Campus Climate Survey 2009
- Enrolled Student Survey 2011
Next Enrolled Student Survey administration date: February 2015
The Sophomore Survey was created at Wellesley in 2004 to gather retrospective information about the first year and current information about sophomores during the fall semester. The survey asks about experiences in and out of the classroom, academic plans and advising, and overall satisfaction with the college. It is administered by the Office of Institutional Research.
Reports available for 2004 - 2011
Next Sophomore Survey administration: October 2012
The Junior Survey was created in 2009 in cooperation with the six other selective liberal arts colleges in the New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning (NECASL). It was designed specifically for the junior class, and, although it covers a great deal of ground, its focus is on issues that are particularly salient in the junior year. It includes questions that apply to all juniors and questions that apply to subsets only. Among the first set are questions about students' academic experiences generally and in their academic major(s) more specifically, interactions with faculty, life on campus outside of academics, and overall evaluations of the college experience. Among the second set are questions for students who remained on campus the entire junior year, questions for students who studied away for a term or more, and questions for students who had one or more academic minors.
Report available for 2009
Next Junior Survey administration: March 2012
Returning Senior Survey
This survey is an extension of the Junior Survey. It surveys seniors who were off campus the previous spring semester to respond to questions that their on-campus classmates have already answered with regard to academic experiences, interactions with faculty and fellow students, and overall evaluation of a Wellesley education. The seniors are also asked what they gained from spending time away from campus and how they experienced re-entry into Wellesley’s culture.
Graduating seniors are surveyed near the close of their final year to gauge their self-reported areas of growth, their perceptions of different aspects of academic and student life at Wellesley, and their post-graduation plans.
Reports available for 1998 and 2000 – 2011
Next Senior Survey administration: April-May 2012