Welcome to the NSSE Report Builder—Public

You choose the group. We'll show you the results.

The NSSE Report Builder is an interactive tool that instantly generates reports of your choosing. The tool draws from a secure database of responses from the updated NSSE (2017 & 2018), and can be queried using any combination of student and institutional characteristics. You can choose to generate tables of Engagement Indicator statistics or individual item frequencies.

The following pages will guide you through five easy steps to filter the data and produce a report according to your selections:

  1. Select Report Variables
  2. Select a Grouping Variable
  3. Select Institutions
  4. Select Students
  5. Run the Report

Step 1: Select Report Variables > >

This is for the updated version of NSSE. To access the Report Builder—Public Version for the original NSSE (2011 & 2012), click here.
FYI (see all)
  • To protect the identities of institutions represented in the data, institutions will not be listed or named in the Report Builder. Results will only be given in aggregate form.
  • A minimum of six institutions and 250 students are required for results to be aggregated and produced.
Data File Summary

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Last Updated: October 26, 2018


Data File Summary

Toggle between institution and student characteristics below:

    First-Year Senior Institutions
Athletic Affiliation1
 NCAA Division I19%21%9%
 NCAA Division II7%8%9%
 NCAA Division III9%8%15%
 Data not available66%63%66%
Barron's Profile of American Colleges Selectivity Index1
 Less competitive7%8%12%
 Very Competitive17%17%15%
 Highly to Most Competitive9%8%8%
 Data not available27%23%17%
Carnegie 2015 Basic Classification1
 Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity13%15%5%
 Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity10%11%6%
 Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity8%10%6%
 Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs22%26%25%
 Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs7%7%13%
 Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs3%3%7%
 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus7%5%14%
 Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields6%5%12%
 Other/Not classified23%18%13%
 Data not available22%16%7%
Enrollment Size (total undergraduate enrollment)
 Small (fewer than 2,500)15%13%43%
 Medium (2,500-4,999)13%12%19%
 Large (5,000-9,999)16%16%15%
 Very large (10,000 or more)34%42%15%
 Data not available22%17%8%
 Data not available22%16%8%
Minority-Serving Institution1
 Not a minority-serving institution66%68%78%
 Historically black colleges and universities2%2%5%
 Hispanic-serving institution7%9%6%
 Tribal college or university<1%<1%<1%
 Other minority-serving institution3%4%4%
 Data not available22%16%8%
U.S. Region and Canada
 New England6%6%8%
 Mid East14%13%18%
 Great Lakes13%13%15%
 Rocky Mountains4%5%3%
 Far West9%12%9%
 Outlying Areas<1%<1%<1%
N 325,485 373,372~1,020
1 Not available for Canadian institutions
2 About 1,020 institutions are included in the data. The precise number is not reported to prevent estimation of an individual institution’s results.
    First-Year Senior
 19 or younger65% <1%
 20 through 237%53%
 24 through 292%13%
 30 through 391%8%
 40 through 551%6%
 Over 55<1%<1%
Distance education status2
Enrollment status1
First-generation student2
 Mostly A's36%42%
 Mostly B's34%35%
 Mostly C's or lower8%5%
Major field category2
 Arts & Humanities7%8%
 Biological Sciences, Agriculture, & Natural Resources9%8%
 Physical Sciences, Mathematics, & Computer Science5%5%
 Social Sciences9%11%
 Communications, Media, & Public Relations3%3%
 Health Professions12%12%
 Social Service Professions4%4%
 Other majors (not categorized)6%5%
Race or ethnicity1
 American Indian or Alaska Native<1%<1%
 Black or African American7%7%
 Hispanic or Latino9%9%
 Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander<1%<1%
 Foreign or nonresident alien3%2%
 Two or more races/ethnicities3%3%
Residence status2
 Dormitory or other campus housing45%12%
 Fraternity or sorority house<1%1%
 Residence within walking distance of the institution7%19%
 Residence farther than walking distance of the institution21%42%
Student-athlete status2
1 Institution-reported
2 Student-reported

NSSE Report Builder: FYI

Here are all the tips, suggestions, and notes to help you make the most of the NSSE Report Builder:

Welcome Page

Step 1: Select Report Variables

Step 2: Select a Grouping Variable

Step 3: Select Institutions

Step 4: Select Students

NSSE Engagement Indicators

To represent the multi-dimensional nature of student engagement at national, sector, institutional, and intra-institutional levels, NSSE developed ten Engagement Indicators organized within four engagement themes.

To learn more, click on an Engagement Indicator below.

Theme Engagement Indicators
Academic Challenge Higher-Order Learning
Reflective & Integrative Learning
Learning Strategies
Quantitative Reasoning
Learning with Peers Collaborative Learning
Discussions with Diverse Others
Experiences with Faculty Student-Faculty Interaction
Effective Teaching Practices
Campus Environment Quality of Interactions
Supportive Environment

Higher-Order Learning
Challenging intellectual and creative work is central to student learning and collegiate quality. Colleges and universities promote high levels of student achievement by calling on students to engage in complex cognitive tasks requiring more than mere memorization of facts. This Engagement Indicator captures how much students' coursework emphasizes challenging cognitive tasks such as application, analysis, judgment, and synthesis. Items include:

Reflective & Integrative Learning
Personally connecting with course material requires students to relate their understandings and experiences to the content at hand. Instructors emphasizing reflective and integrative learning motivate students to make connections between their learning and the world around them, reexamining their own beliefs and considering issues and ideas from others' perspectives. Items include:

Learning Strategies
College students enhance their learning and retention by actively engaging with and analyzing course material rather than approaching learning as absorption. Examples of effective learning strategies include identifying key information in readings, reviewing notes after class, and summarizing course material. Knowledge about the prevalence of effective learning strategies helps colleges and universities target interventions to promote student learning and success. Items include:

Quantitative Reasoning
Quantitative literacy—the ability to use and understand numerical and statistical information in everyday life— is an increasingly important outcome of higher education. All students, regardless of major, should have ample opportunities to develop their ability to reason quantitatively—to evaluate, support, and critique arguments using numerical and statistical information. Items include:

Collaborative Learning
Collaborating with peers in solving problems or mastering difficult material deepens understanding and prepares students to deal with the messy, unscripted problems they encounter during and after college. Working on group projects, asking others for help with difficult material or explaining it to others, and working through course material in preparation for exams all represent collaborative learning activities. Items include:

Discussions with Diverse Others
Colleges and universities afford students new opportunities to interact with and learn from others with different backgrounds and life experiences. Interactions across difference, both inside and outside the classroom, confer educational benefits and prepare students for personal and civic participation in a diverse and interdependent world. Items include:

Student-Faculty Interaction
Interactions with faculty can positively influence the cognitive growth, development, and persistence of college students. Through their formal and informal roles as teachers, advisors, and mentors, faculty members model intellectual work, promote mastery of knowledge and skills, and help students make connections between their studies and their future plans. Items include:

Effective Teaching Practices
Student learning is heavily dependent on effective teaching. Organized instruction, clear explanations, illustrative examples, and effective feedback on student work all represent aspects of teaching effectiveness that promote student comprehension and learning. Items include:

Quality of Interactions
College environments characterized by positive interpersonal relations promote student learning and success. Students who enjoy supportive relationships with peers, advisors, faculty, and staff are better able to find assistance when needed, and to learn from and with those around them. Items include:

Supportive Environment
Institutions that are committed to student success provide support and involvement across a variety of domains, including the cognitive, social, and physical. These commitments foster higher levels of student performance and satisfaction. This Engagement Indicator summarizes students' perceptions of how much an institution emphasizes services and activities that support their learning and development. Items include:

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