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The CIRP Freshman Survey provides information about students entering college that helps you with enrollment planning, retention efforts and a baseline for understanding college effectiveness.

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HERI Poll of the Month

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August Poll of the Month: Using Incentives to Increase Response Rates

Our August poll of the month asked about ways in which researchers incentivize survey participation. Survey research has demonstrated that some incentive is better than no incentive, and other studies have investigated how well certain types of incentives work. The August poll had 83 respondents, and 60% of those who answered the poll indicated that ... Read More »

Putting Today's USNWR Rankings into Context

Undoubtedly a number of presidents, provosts, directors of admissions, and others at elite colleges and universities are either breathing sighs of relief or wringing their hands this morning with the release of the 30th edition of the U.S. News and World Reports Best College Rankings. As has been the case since the 2011-2012 academic year, ... Read More »

CIRP Surveys and Accreditation: SACS Guide Updated for 2014

Accreditation remains a driving force behind survey use on college campuses. Because CIRP surveys are comprehensive and designed to be longitudinal, they cover a wide variety of outcomes related to student growth and development. CIRP survey data can be used throughout the accreditation process—to engage in institutional self-study, to inform a visit by evaluators, and ... Read More »

The Road from Serres: A Feminist Odyssey by Helen Stavridou Astin

“You have to go there. The Astins are there!” This was how I first became aware of Lena and Sandy Astin. I volunteered as an orientation counselor for incoming students at the start of my senior year at Tulane University in 1996. When I expressed an interest in working with college students, the director of ... Read More »

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"As Reauthorization Turns": Data and the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

The process of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA) has once again begun in Washington, DC. While this may seem remote from survey administration and analysis, current draft bills circulating to reauthorize HEA pertain to campus-level student data in highly specific ways. The Republican and Democratic approaches to reauthorizing HEA differ: the Republicans have offered ... Read More »


College Rating System and Minority Students

HERI's Director, Sylvia Hurtado, was at Capitol Hill presenting on the proposed College Rating System and Minority Students. Watch the video clip of her presentation here.

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The American Freshman: National Norms for Fall 2013

The American Freshman - Norms of 2013

Financial considerations are exerting an ever-greater influence &on incoming freshman in the U.S., with college costs and financial aid playing an increasingly decisive role in their school-selection process, according to the CIRP Freshman Survey, UCLA's annual survey of the nation's entering students at four-year colleges and universities

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Our infographic posters for the CIRP Freshman Survey and the HERI Faculty Survey are available for download. Click below to download.

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Freshmen Trends

The American Freshman - Trends

The Chronicle of Higher Education used nearly five decades of CIRP Freshman Survey data to create interactive graphics that show freshmen trends.

See the Chronicle's "Backgrounds and Beliefs of College Freshmen" to use these interactive graphics.