Seniors and first-year students, tell us your story. Take the 2023 NSSE survey.

How It Works: NSSE 2023

On March 1st, eligible senior and first-year students on all WSU campuses will receive an email with an invitation to take the NSSE survey. Students also receive up to four reminder emails (on March 7, 20, 23, 28). Emails are sent by NSSE on behalf of WSU President Kirk Schulz. Students may also access the survey through a message in their Canvas inbox, a tile in myWSU, or by clicking through to myWSU from announcements or social media posts.

Students who complete the survey by April 15th are automatically entered into campus drawings for $100 Visa gift cards. For odds of winning on each campus, see “What do I get if I participate?” below.

Note: NSSE will remain open until May 15th; however, students must complete the survey by April 15th to be eligible for the drawings for the $100 Visa gift cards.

Why NSSE is Important

Since 2000, WSU students have been invited to take the NSSE, a survey centered around student engagement and the educational experiences available at WSU. NSSE provides data for WSU that can be analyzed for different campuses, colleges, schools, academic departments, and student affairs groups. Some NSSE data can be compared to peer institutions to provide insight into how WSU compares nationally.

Past NSSE results have helped WSU expand student services, build living-learning communities that bridge classes and residence halls, and broaden undergraduate research opportunities with mentoring faculty.

Additional Information About NSSE 2023

NSSE opens on March 1st and remains open until May 15th; however, you must complete the survey by April 15th to be eligible for the drawings for the $100 Visa gift cards.

On March 1st, NSSE invitations will be distributed via email to eligible senior and first-year students on all WSU campuses, with a unique survey link for each student. Students also receive up to four reminder emails (on March 7, 20, 23, 28). You may also access the survey through a message in your Canvas inbox, a tile in myWSU, or by clicking through to myWSU from announcements or social media posts.

We understand your concern! First, please note that WSU partners with Indiana University for the administration of NSSE. Consequently, the NSSE survey is hosted on a website that is outside of the WSU web domain. NSSE invitation and reminder emails are sent by NSSE on behalf of WSU President Kirk Schulz, and include a unique link to take the survey at https://nssesurvey.org.

If you have doubts about the legitimacy of your NSSE email, simply log in to myWSU and look for the NSSE tile on your homepage.

In appreciation for participating, students who complete the survey by April 15th will be automatically entered into campus drawings for $100 Visa gift cards. Your chances of winning depend on the number of students that complete the survey on your campus. Based on campus participation in 2021, your odds of winning are approximately:

  • Pullman, 10 winners (1 in 180)
  • Vancouver, 2 winners (1 in 148)
  • Tri-Cities, 1 winner (1 in 132)
  • Global Campus, 2 winners (1 in 81)
  • Spokane, 2 winners (1 in 44)
  • Everett, 1 winner (1 in 37)

Note: NSSE will remain open until May 15th; however, students must complete the survey by April 15th to be eligible for the drawings for the $100 Visa gift cards.

If you do not wish to participate in NSSE, click through to the survey and select “opt out.” You will no longer receive reminder emails from NSSE.

NSSE is a comprehensive survey asking you to reflect on your experiences at WSU. The estimated time to complete the survey is 15-20 minutes.

If you’re unable to complete the survey in one session, NSSE will save your progress for later.

Students’ responses to NSSE are confidential. Demographic data are collected for disaggregation purposes, but personally identifiable data are not disclosed with the results.

Eligible senior and first-year students on all WSU campuses will receive an email invitation on March 1st and can also access NSSE through a tile in myWSU. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email Kimberly Green at kimberly_green@wsu.edu.

FIRST-YEAR Students Eligible to Take NSSE 2023:

  • Students enrolled in the spring 2023 term who:
    • were admitted to WSU as first-time, first-year students in 2022 in spring, summer, or fall (regardless of how many credit hours they brought in)
    • transferred to WSU and had <30 total credits at the beginning of the fall 2022 term
    • are former students returning to WSU and had <30 total credits at the beginning of the fall 2022 term

Students NOT Eligible for NSSE 2023:

  • Students in their 2nd year at WSU who still have “first-year academic level standing” (<30 credits)
  • Students enrolled at WSU through Running Start in the fall 2022 or spring 2023 terms
  • Students admitted to WSU in the spring 2023 term

SENIORS Eligible to Take NSSE 2023:

  • Students enrolled in the spring 2023 term who had “senior academic level standing” (a minimum of 90 cumulative credit hours) at the beginning of the fall 2022 term

Students NOT Eligible for NSSE 2023:

  • Students who gained “senior academic level standing” at the end of fall 2022 term
  • Students in their 4th year who did not have “senior academic level standing” at the beginning of the fall 2022 term
  • Post-baccalaureate students
  • Students admitted to WSU in the spring 2023 term