Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey


The CIRP Freshman Survey is designed for administration to incoming first‐year students before they start classes at your institution. The instrument collects extensive information that allows for a snapshot of what your incoming students are like before they experience college. Key sections of the survey examine:

  • Established behaviors in high school;
  • Academic preparedness;
  • Admissions decisions;
  • Expectations of college;
  • Interactions with peers and faculty;
  • Student values and goals and
  • Student demographic characteristics; and
  • Concerns about financing college.

Many of the items on the CIRP Freshman Survey are pre‐test questions that are then post‐tested on CIRP follow‐up surveys, the YFCY, DLE, and the CSS, providing for longitudinal examination of cognitive and affective growth during college. All CIRP surveys allow you to add questions of your own on the instrument.

Schools participating in the CIRP Freshman Survey receive an institutional profile, which includes your institutional results broken out by sex, full and part‐time status, comparisons with other similar institutions, significance testing, effect sizes, CIRP Constructs and Theme reports, a data file of your student responses; and a monograph summarizing the national results.