UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES)


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What is the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey?

The University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) is a UC-wide survey of undergraduates that is administered every other Spring quarter.  The survey is funded by the University of California.

UCUES provides an opportunity for students to give the university feedback on various aspects of student life at UC Santa Cruz, including the quality of the undergraduate experience, academic advising, access to classes, participation in student organizations and community services, students’ goals and values, as well as their overall satisfaction with the UC experience. In addition, UCSC student responses can be compared to those of students attending other UC campuses.

It’s about being a student at UCSC: academic work, access to classes, interaction with faculty and peers, satisfaction with advising and services, and future plans.

Who participates in the survey?

All undergraduate students at UCSC and other UC campuses are invited to participate in UCUES.  The survey takes place every other year in Spring quarter.  Over 21,000 UCSC undergraduates took the survey in the last four years of data collection.  Across the UC system, about 160,000 students participate in any given year.

How are UCUES results used to improve student life?

  1. UCUES has become an important, one-of-a-kind way for students to give vital feedback in a way that can be seen by campus faculty and leaders throughout UCSC.  It is the only campus-wide student survey that provides comprehensive student feedback on the quality of academic experience that is used in formal and informal evaluation of academic programs (majors).
  2. UCUES allows key campus decisionmakers to understand trends and evaluate changes in the student experience at UCSC.  Since 2006, results from this survey have been used to evaluate academic curriculum, teaching practices and advising, student programs and services, and the campus climate for the expression of diverse ideas, beliefs and experiences.
  3. UCUES is designed especially for UC students and provides cross-campus comparative data for UC Santa Cruz and other University of California campuses.

UCUES Results Across UC Campuses

2022 UCUES Survey Results

The 2022 UCUES survey at UCSC was open from April 6, 2022 to July 1, 2022.  Approximately 28% of students enrolled in Winter 2022 took the survey.

2020 UCUES Survey Results

The 2020 UCUES survey at UCSC was open from May 5, 2020 to August 8, 2020.  29% of students enrolled in Winter 2020 took the survey.

2018 UCUES Survey Results

The 2018 UCUES survey at UCSC was open from April through July 2018.  39% of students enrolled in Winter and/or Spring 2018 took the survey.

2016 UCUES Survey Results

2014 UCUES Survey Results

Results from previous years 2008-2012 are available upon request.  For more information, please write to surveys@ucsc.edu.

Research Papers and Presentations based on UCUES

Contact Information 

For assistance or more information about UCUES, please contact surveys@ucsc.edu.