Loyola University Maryland

Institutional Research

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

What is the NSSE?

The NSSE (pronounced “nessie”) is a comprehensive, longitudinal survey, administered by the National Survey of Student Engagement team at Indiana University. This survey gathers information from first-years and seniors about college experiences, skills acquired during college, and students' academic and non-academic activities. For more information about NSSE at Loyola, please see below or contact survey@loyola.edu. Otherwise, learn more about the related Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE), which is administered to instructional faculty at the same time as when the NSSE is administered to students.

2024 Loyola NSSE Campaign

Loyola regularly participates in the NSSE, typically every three years (e.g., 2012, 2015, 2018). NSSE was not administered in 2021 due to COVID. In March 2024, all first-years and seniors at Loyola will be invited to participate in the NSSE. Your responses will inform and support evidence-based practice, decision-making, benchmarking, and strategic planning for continuous improvement of the undergraduate educational experience at Loyola.

  • Complete the survey and WIN A PRIZE!
    • Participants that complete the survey will receive an exclusive T-shirt on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. There are ~ 560 T-shirts available for ~ 2040 possible participants.
    • The Messina class section with the highest percent participation will receive a pizza party (or equivalent celebration). There are 74 Messina class sections, with an average of 16 students per section. If a tie between multiple sections occurs, then those will be entered into a random drawing to determine the winning section.
    • Graduating seniors who complete the survey by April 15 will automatically be entered into a drawing for two extra Baccalaureate Mass tickets for seats inside Reitz Arena. (Each senior receives 2 guest tickets for Baccalaureate Mass tickets which takes place in Reitz Arena. Traditionally, any additional requested guest tickets are typically accommodated in overflow seating in McGuire Hall.) Your chances of winning depend on how many seniors complete the survey by April 15. About 340 seniors participated last time.
    • Additionally, we will enter all students who complete the survey by April 15 into a drawing for 1 of 15 Loyola spirit wear items (~ $50 value each). Your chances of winning depend on how many students complete the survey by April 15. About 740 students participated last time.
  • To take the survey, click on your survey link in your email invitations from NSSE (nsse@nssesurvey.org).
    • Emails from NSSE are scheduled to go out on the following dates:
      • Invitation: Monday, March 11
      • Reminder #1: Tuesday, March 21
      • Reminder #2: Wednesday, March 27
      • Reminder #3: Tuesday, April 2
      • Final Reminder: Monday, April 8
    • To take the survey without your link:
      • Go to nssesurvey.org
      • Click on "don't know your login ID"
      • Complete the easy, one-step verification process to log in
  • Learn more about NSSE.
  • See results below from previous NSSE administrations at Loyola.

Survey Instrument

The NSSE has a set of base survey questions. View the current version or the item-by-item history of changes in the base survey and Topical Modules.

In addition to the NSSE’s base survey questions, Loyola has generally also requested students to respond to other question sets. See those additional question sets below, by administration year.

  • 2015
    • Consortium Question Set: Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • 2018
    • Topical Module: First-Year Experiences & Senior Transitions
    • Consortium Question Set: Catholic Colleges & Universities
  • 2024
    • Topical Module: Inclusiveness & Engagement with Cultural Diversity
    • Consortium Question Set: Catholic Colleges & Universities


Loyola's NSSE Snapshot Reports

  • 2012 - snapshot report-type not provided by NSSE yet
  • 2015
  • 2018
  • 2021 - NSSE not administered at Loyola due to COVID
  • 2024 - expected fall 2024

Additional result reporting is UNDER DEVELOPMENT (expected Fall 2024).