Your First College Year is a survey designed to provide higher education practitioners and researchers with comprehensive information on the academic and personal development of first‐year college students. YFCY was designed as a follow‐up survey to the annual Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey and allows for longitudinal research on the first year of college.
Specifically colleges use the YFCY to:
- Evaluate student adjustment to college
- Assess students’ academic experiences and achievement
- Collect information about extracurricular experiences
- Study specific first‐year programs
- Examine student change
As a follow‐up instrument, YFCY is designed to help institutions assess how their students have changed since entering college. When combined with CIRP Freshman Survey data, the YFCY serves as a longitudinal measure of students’ cognitive and affective growth during the first year.
The YFCY also includes space for up to 20 institution‐specific questions.
Schools participating in the YFCY 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, and a data file of your student responses. Schools using the YFCY as a post‐test to the CIRP Freshman Survey will also receive a Longitudinal Profile, which can be used to assess growth and change over the first year of college.