Institutional Surveys

The Office of Assessment and Accreditation Support manages institutional surveys conducted at the University of San Francisco. If you are planning to conduct a survey of any member of the USF community, including prospective, current, or former students; or any current university employee, please refer to the Institutional Survey Policy. Once you review the policy, please contact to get your institutional survey started. 



The COVID-19 experience surveys were designed to gather feedback from various USF community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the Faculty Experience Survey was to learn how faculty were doing during the transition to remote learning caused by COVID-19 and to gather faculty input about fall 2020 instructional options. The purpose of the Staff Experience Survey was to learn about the staff experience during the disruption caused by COVID-19 in order to help USF better support employees in the future, and the purpose of the Student Experience Survey was to gauge the student experience during the shelter-in-place directive and the shift to remote learning, to gather information to make changes (if necessary), and to assist in planning for future crises. 


Working in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Engagement and Career Services, the Office of Assessment and Accreditation Support developed the Alumni Outcomes Survey to assess undergraduate student success from the perspective of employment and attainment of educational objectives. This survey samples alumni two and five years post-graduation. 


The Alumni Outcomes Survey replaces the previous Undergraduate Alumni Survey, distributed in 2007 and 2012. This survey sampled alumni, two to ten years post-graduation.




The Graduating Student Survey is the University of San Francisco's exit survey taken by students before they graduate. The objective of the Graduating Student Survey is to capture graduating students’ perception of their student experience. The survey asks students about their educational and co-curricular experiences, their values, ideals, and perspectives relative to people who are different from themselves, their religious identity, their work experiences, and their post-graduation plans. The Graduating Student Survey integrates the perspective of both undergraduate and graduate students. This survey replaces both the Undergraduate Graduating Student Survey and the Graduate Student Graduating Student Survey. 



The Graduate Student Graduating Student Survey was administered from 2010 to 2014 to all graduate students as they completed their Master's or Doctoral degree. It was replaced by the Graduating Student Survey in 2016 - 2017. 








The New Student Success Survey was developed in 2018 and is administered to new first-year and transfer students each year. The purpose of the survey is to gather information about academic behaviors, institutional commitment, and barriers to success for new first-year and transfer students. 

2023 New Student Success Survey Report

2023 New Student Success Survey Additional Figures

2022 New Student Success Survey Follow-up Survey Report Spring 2023

2022 New Student Success Survey Report

2021 New Student Success Survey Report

2020 New Student Success Survey Report

2019 New Student Success Survey Report

2018 New Student Success Survey Report

2018-2020 New Student Success Survey Comparative Analysis Report


The Undergraduate Faculty Advising Survey was created as a means to gain an understanding of the undergraduate experience with faculty advising.

In order to create a better summer experience for USF students, undergraduate students who took summer session courses in summer 2022 were asked to complete a short 6-7 question survey. The survey asked questions regarding reasons for taking summer session courses, course format preferences, preference for length of summer session courses, other experiences of interest, and motivations for taking summer elective courses. 

2022 Undergraduate Summer Session Survey


The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is a survey of first year and senior students about the characteristics and quality of their undergraduate education. While NSSE does not directly assess student learning, the survey does reflect self-reported behaviors associated with desired outcomes of an undergraduate education. USF did not participate in NSSE in 2019.

All reports prepared by NSSE, unless otherwise noted.










The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) Student Satisfaction Survey is a national survey of undergraduate students that measures how satisfied students are with their academic experiences, course instruction, campus services and facilities, and campus life.