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 2022?

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


The UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) is open during Spring 2022 and covers a comprehensive set of topics including academics, student life, advising, basic needs, campus climate, and future plans.

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The First Destination Survey 2016-2021 Dashboard of Results shows the plans of recent undergraduate degree recipients:  results were released February 2022, and current students can use this dashboard to help with major selection and career preparation.

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The UCSC 2022 Environmental Sustainability Survey is a 5-10 minute survey for all undergraduates in March 2022.  This survey is being conducted in collaboration with the UCSC People of Color Sustainability Collaborative.

UCSC Doctoral Placement Survey

The IRAPS office is now administering an updated version of the UCSC Doctoral Placement Survey, of doctoral students who are about to complete a doctoral degree.


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.


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, providing an opportunity for graduate students to provide feedback about academic training, research, funding, teaching preparation, campus services, the climate for diversity and inclusion, and professional development.

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First Destination Survey

An ongoing survey of recent UCSC undergraduate degree recipients, about employment, graduate school plans, career plans, and other outcomes.  Students graduating each quarter are invited to take this survey over the next months after graduation.

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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.

Previous Surveys

Additional surveys have addressed issues of current interest on campus.  In recent years these have included the following surveys:

StayConnected2UCSC Survey

StayConnected2UCSC Surveys

A special series of surveys during the 2020-21 academic year that focused on students' experiences during remote learning.

Family Support Survey

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

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 UC Office of the President's webpage (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