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 original NSSE (2011 & 2012), 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 original version of NSSE. To access the Report Builder—Public Version for the updated NSSE (2013 & 2014), 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: February 6, 2015


Data File Summary

Athletic Affiliation2
 NCAA Division I38%42%22%
 NCAA Division II15%16%20%
 NCAA Division III17%15%26%
 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics6%6%13%
 Data not available25%20%19%
Barron's Profile of American Colleges Selectivity Index2
 Less competitive6%7%9%
 Very Competitive20%21%18%
 Highly to Most Competitive12%11%10%
 Data not available25%20%19%
Carnegie 2010 Basic Classification2
 Research Universities (very high research activity)14%15%5%
 Research Universities (high research activity)11%14%7%
 Doctoral/Research Universities5%6%5%
 Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)25%27%25%
 Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)7%7%10%
 Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)3%3%6%
 Baccalaureate Colleges—Arts & Sciences8%6%14%
 Baccalaureate Colleges—Diverse Fields7%6%16%
 Data not available19%13%7%
Enrollment Size (total undergraduate enrollment)
 Small (fewer than 2,500)16%14%42%
 Medium (2,500-4,999)16%14%22%
 Large (5,000-9,999)18%18%17%
 Very large (10,000 or more)50%54%20%
 Data not available0%0%0%
 Data not available19%14%7%
Minority-Serving Institution2
 Not a minority-serving institution78%83%86%
 Historically black colleges and universities2%1%4%
 Hispanic-serving institution1%2%2%
 Tribal college or university0%0%0%
 Other minority-serving institution0%0%1%
 Data not available19%13%7%
U.S. Region and Canada
 New England6%5%8%
 Mid East15%14%18%
 Great Lakes15%15%15%
 Rocky Mountains3%4%3%
 Far West8%10%8%
 Outlying Areas0%0%1%
1 About 1,100 institutions are included in the data. The precise number is not reported to prevent estimation of an individual institution’s results.
2 Not available for Canadian institutions
 19 or younger71%0%
 20 through 238%58%
 24 through 293%15%
 30 through 392%9%
 40 through 552%7%
 Over 550%1%
Distance education status2
Enrollment status1
First-generation student2
 Mostly A's36%43%
 Mostly B's40%42%
 Mostly C's or lower10%5%
Major field category2
 Arts and Humanities11%13%
 Biological Sciences9%7%
 Physical Sciences3%3%
 Other Professional10%9%
 Social Sciences11%14%
Race or ethnicity1
 African American/Black6%6%
 American Indian/Alaska Native1%1%
 Asian/Pacific Islander3%3%
Residence status2
 Dormitory or other campus housing52%12%
 Residence within walking distance7%22%
 Residence within driving distance23%47%
 Fraternity or sorority house0%1%
 None of the above4%7%
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 Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice

To represent the multi-dimensional nature of student engagement at national, sector, institutional, and intra-institutional levels, NSSE developed five Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice.

To learn more, click on an Benchmark below.

Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice
Level of Academic Challenge
Active and Collaborative Learning
Student-Faculty Interaction
Enriching Educational Experiences
Supportive Campus Environment

Level of Academic Challenge
Challenging intellectual and creative work is central to student learning and collegiate quality. Colleges and universities promote high levels of student achievement by emphasizing the importance of academic effort and setting high expectations for student performance. Items include:

Active and Collaborative Learning
Students learn more when they are intensely involved in their education and asked to think about what they are learning in different settings. Collaborating with others in solving problems or mastering difficult material prepares students for the messy, unscripted problems they will encounter daily during and after college. Items include:

Student-Faculty Interaction
Students learn firsthand how experts think about and solve practical problems by interacting with faculty members inside and outside the classroom. As a result, their teachers become role models, mentors, and guides for continuous, life-long learning. Items include:

Enriching Educational Experiences
Complementary learning opportunities enhance academic programs. Diversity experiences teach students valuable things about themselves and others. Technology facilitates collaboration between peers and instructors. Internships, community service, and senior capstone courses provide opportunities to integrate and apply knowledge. Items include:

Supportive Campus Environment
Students perform better and are more satisfied at colleges that are committed to their success and cultivate positive working and social relations among different groups on campus. Items include:

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