The Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies at UC Santa Cruz is actively engaged in conducting a strategic survey research program that includes participation in nationally-developed survey projects and the development and administration of locally-developed survey instruments. These survey activities are part of the university’s commitment to institutional effectiveness and improvement.

What's New in 2021-22?

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The UCSC Campus Surveys Calendar shows a schedule of campus-wide student surveys for each quarter.

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In the 2021-22 academic year, the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) will occur in spring quarter, covering a comprehensive range of topics including academics, student life, and future plans.

UCSC 2021 Graduate Student Survey

In spring and summer 2021, the Graduate Student Survey provided an opportunity for graduate students to provide feedback about academic training, funding, support, and the climate for diversity and inclusion.

StayConnected2UCSC Survey

During the 2020-21 academic year, some of the most frequently accessed survey reports were from the StayConnected2UCSC Surveys, a special series of surveys that focused on students' experiences during remote learning.


Regular Student Surveys at UCSC

Regular large campus-wide student surveys at UCSC include the surveys below. For survey results and more information about each survey, please see each of the following pages.

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UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES)

A survey of all enrolled undergraduates, conducted every two years during spring quarter.  It is a comprehensive survey about the undergraduate experience including academics, student life, and future plans.

UCSC 2021 Graduate Student Survey

UCSC Graduate Student Survey

A survey of all enrolled graduate students, conducted every two years. It is a comprehensive survey about the graduate student experience including teaching, research, campus climate, and professional development.

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First Destination Survey

An ongoing survey of recent UCSC undergraduate degree recipients, about graduate school or career plans and outcomes.

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College Choice Survey

A periodic survey of first-year and transfer students admitted to UCSC, about students' college choice and experience with the admissions process.

Recent Additional Surveys

Additional surveys address issues of current interest on campus, and these recently have included:

StayConnected2UCSC Surveys

A special series of surveys for undergraduate and graduate students in the 2020-2021 academic year, about experiences during remote learning.

Family Support Survey

A survey of students, faculty, and staff about child care and dependent adult care needs, conducted in 2020 in collaboration with the UCSC Child Care and Family Services Advisory Committee.

Environmental Sustainability Survey

A survey of undergraduate students about student views and experiences about environmental sustainability, including participation in organizations and course-based learning about sustainability, with one round in 2016 and another round in 2019.

Previous Surveys

Class Availability Student Survey (CLASS)

A survey of all enrolled undergraduates about class availability, designed in collaboration with UCSC's Student Union Assembly (2010-2017).

Queer Students of Color: Experiences and Engagement

A report based on survey research findings and recommendations for the improvement of visibility, inclusivity, and retention of Queer Students of Color at UCSC (2015).

UC-Wide Campus Climate Survey

A survey with research findings available at UCOP (2014).

Diverse Learning Environments Survey

A survey of undergraduates, designed by the Higher Education Research Institute, that was part of the Diversity and Community Building Study at UCSC (2011).

For More Information

  • For support on survey question development or assistance with survey administration, please use the IRAPS Survey Team's Consultation Request Form
  • For general information, including survey results and access to older reports, contact the IRAPS Survey Team at