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Survey Hub

UC Merced Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS) administers surveys to students, faculty, staff, and alumni that have broad institutional importance. A partial list of surveys supported by IRDS, along with links to survey reports can be found below, and a complete list can be found here.

The Campus Survey Calendar, which lists all surveys administered by IRDS and that have been shared with the Survey Coordinating Committee, can be found here

Planning your own survey or want to learn more about available survey data? Request a consultation with IRDS or consult the resources on the Survey Coordinating Committee webpage.



Students and Alumni



New Student Survey

Administered each fall at midterm to incoming frosh and transfer students. Key content includes: student educational plans, transition to UC Merced, and use of campus services.

Students, please visit our FAQ on the New Student Survey Landing Page.


University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES)

The survey is administered across the UC system to all undergraduates every other year in spring. Key content: academic and co-curricular experiences, study habits, learning outcomes, attitudes, perceptions, assessment of instruction, advising, student services, campus climate, personal growth and academic development.


National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The survey is administered to all first year and senior undergraduates every other year in spring. Key content: Academic and co-curricular experiences, high impact practices, and institutional performance.



UC Graduate Student Experience Survey (UCGSES)

The University of California Graduate Student Experience Survey (UCGSES) is a system-wide survey that solicits graduate and professional students’ opinions on a broad range of academic and co-curricular experiences, including instruction and training, advising, basic needs, and student services.



Graduating Senior Survey

Administered every spring to undergraduates who graduated or seniors who applied to graduate in the current academic year. Key content: contact information and preferences, perceptions of learning, experience with campus services, post-graduation plans (employment, education, etc.)

Students, please visit our FAQ on the Graduating Senior Survey Landing Page.


Undergraduate Alumni Journey Survey

Administered to undergraduate alumni who graduated 1, 3, and 5 years ago. Key content includes: Contact information and preferences; employment/education information including preparation; engagement in volunteer/outreach activities; interest in being engaged with the campus as an alum.


Housing Experience Survey

The survey is administered every spring to all undergraduates in campus housing. Key content: student experience living in campus housing and how much they feel they belong; the helpfulness of Housing and Residence Education Staff and programs; the activities students have participated in and the benefits they've experienced living on campus; students' use of and satisfaction with campus safety, dining, facilities, parking, and technology resources; and more.



Faculty and Academic Appointee Experience Survey

The Faculty and Academic Appointee Experience Survey is the first climate survey effort for this population since 2018 and is part of a larger effort to create a systematic process for collecting and using campus climate/experience survey data to improve the experience of working and studying at UC Merced. The goal of this webpage is to hold all information related to this survey in one place for transparency and accountability purposes.



How We Work

The value of the How We Work Feedback tool is to collect your on-the-ground knowledge and experiences to inform campus-wide guidelines that support a more deliberate and equitable dispersed workforce. This tool does not provide "an answer" as to whether a certain position should have a remote or hybrid work modality - rather, it is a rich information resource to make data-informed institutional choices that advance our campus' mission and strategic plan.