SERU Undergraduate Survey


The SERU Undergraduate Survey is designed as census and online survey that offers a systematic environmental scan of the student experience within major research-intensive universities. It employs a modular design in order to include a greater number of items, and to decrease individual response times. It has a set of core questions administered to every respondent—for example, questions on time use, evaluation of a student’s major, and satisfaction—as well as five unique modules of additional questions that are randomly assigned. 

SERU Core Survey Modules

Overall Satisfaction

Academic Engagement

Educational Experience

U Climate for Diversity

Evaluation of Major

Academic & Personal Development

Student Wellbeing

Plans & Aspirations

Cost of Attendance


SERU Optional Survey Modules

Experiences with Diversity

Academic Experiences & Barriers

Uses of Technology

International Student Experience

Community & Civic Engagement

Time Use


(Institution-specific questions)

The SERU survey is a comprehensive survey administered to all degree-seeking undergraduates at partnering institutions. These survey data are used to provide staff, faculty, and administrators with unique insights into students’ experiences.

The SERU survey gathers information about student engagement in activities that have been empirically shown to influence student learning and positive educational outcomes, both inside and outside of the classroom. For instance, we have discovered the many benefits of students' participation in community engagement, leadership, study abroad, and other high-impact educational practices. We have also discovered the benefits of students' engagement with academic libraries, including increased retention, graduation, and learning outcomes.

The SERU survey provides actionable information for faculty, staff and administrators. These data can also serve as indicators of academic program and institutional effectiveness, and SERU results can be compared across SERU participating institutions to make peer comparisons within academic departments or units.