Graduate Student Survey Results

UCSC 2021 Graduate Student Survey 

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What is the survey about?

The Graduate Student Survey is a survey of graduate students (Masters and Doctoral) and is a campus-wide effort to evaluate and improve academic and social experiences of UC Santa Cruz students. Between 37% and 59% of graduate students have participated in the survey in the last ten years (2011-2021).

This survey focuses on many aspects of the graduate student experience -- including faculty teaching and mentoring, program requirements, research opportunities, teaching preparation, professional development, funding, basic needs, and the campus climate for diversity and inclusion.

The main purpose of this survey is to provide graduate students with a unique formal opportunity to provide campus decisionmakers with feedback about overall experiences as a graduate student and to provide suggestions to improve services for graduate students.

2021 Graduate Student Survey

Conducted from April 15 to July 1, 2021.  Respondents: 37% of graduate students (41% of PhD/DMA and 27% of Masters) enrolled in winter/spring 2021.  The 2021 survey was part of the University of California Graduate Student Experience Survey (UCGSES).

  • Results:  Infographics (PDF format)

GSS 2021 infographic icon about academic preparation

Doctoral Student Academic Preparation from the 2021 Graduate Student Survey

GSS 2021 infographic icon about financial support

Doctoral Student Financial Situation from the 2021 Graduate Student Survey

2021-22 Graduate Studies Planning Form 

A short survey to prepare for the 2021 Fall quarter, conducted from May 6 to May 23, 2021. Respondents: 42% of graduate students (47% of PhD/DMA and 24% of Masters) enrolled in spring 2021.

2019 Graduate Student Survey 

Conducted in Spring/early Summer 2019. Respondents: 49% of graduate students (50% of PhD/DMA and 48% of Masters) enrolled in winter/spring 2019.

2017 Graduate Student Survey

Conducted in Spring/early Summer 2017. Respondents: 59% of graduate students (60% of PhD/DMA and 53% of Masters) enrolled in winter/spring 2017.

2015 Graduate Student Survey

Conducted in Spring/early Summer 2015. Respondents: 53% of graduate students (55% of PhD/DMA and 47% of Masters) enrolled in winter/spring 2015.  

2013 Graduate Student Survey

Conducted in Spring/early Summer 2013. Respondents: 54% of graduate students enrolled in winter/spring 2013. 

2011 Graduate Student Survey

Conducted in Spring/early Summer 2011. Respondents: 51% of graduate students enrolled in winter/spring 2011.  The 2011 survey had an additional "common module on campus climate" and was part of the Diversity and Community Building Study.

2007 Graduate Student Survey

Respondents:  UC Santa Cruz graduate students enrolled in winter and/or spring 2007 quarters

  • Overview of Results for Overall Graduate Student Population  -  Focus:  Provides summaries for the overall graduate student respondent population regarding survey response rates, respondent characteristics, decision to attend UC Santa Cruz, financial aid, housing, campus social events, health insurance, graduate student services, and employment plans.       
  • Email surveys@ucsc.edu with your request for results by a specific department/program (with campus comparisons), regarding evaluations of program/department, curriculum, resources, faculty, teaching and research experience, career preparation, funding, and overall satisfaction.