The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) collects information from first-year and senior students about the nature and quality of their undergraduate experience. It measures the extent to which students engage in effective educational practices that are empirically linked with learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes such as student satisfaction, persistence, and graduation. UAB participates in NSSE every two years. More information about NSSE is available at http://nsse.iub.edu

2014 NSSE


NSSE was administered electronically in Spring 2014 to freshmen and seniors. Of respondents, 480 were first-year students, while 550 were seniors, constituting a 19% response rate for each class standing level.

  • UAB students report more frequent diverse interactions with people of different racial/ethnic and economic backgrounds than all of their NSSE comparison group peers.
  • Sixty-three percent of UAB first-year students and 57% of seniors report that the institution either “very much” or “quite a bit” encourages contact among students from different backgrounds.
  • UAB first-year students consistently report taking more courses with a service-learning component, compared to their peers at other institutions. Sixty-two percent of UAB first-year students report taking at least some courses involving service-learning.
  • Eighty percent of UAB first-year students and 84% of UAB seniors report better than average quality interactions with other students.
  • Sixty percent and 63%, respectively, of UAB first-year students and seniors report high levels of academic challenge.
  • Seven percent of UAB Seniors have completed or are currently participating in study abroad, while 45% of UAB Seniors have completed or are currently participating in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement.
  • Eighty-four percent of first-years and 80% of seniors responded they “probably” or “definitely would” attend UAB again.
  • UAB students reported they spend more time working and caring for dependents than their NSSE comparison peer groups.