New Freshman and Transfer Survey

The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) survey instrument collects information on what students are like before they experience college. For over 50 years, the survey has collected information on students at participating institutions across the country. The University of Nevada, Reno participates every few years to examine changes in student preparation for college, related academic and social experiences, and plans for the future.

Most recently surveyed during summer orientation in 2019.

[For CIRP reports prior to 2019, go to Nevada CIRP Survey]

CIRP 2019 : 3,476 new students took the CIRP Survey, as well as an institutional supplemental survey. 

  • 78% of new students took the new student survey
    • 85% of first year, first time students
    • 51% of transfer students

Key sections of the CIRP survey in 2019 examine:

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

In addition, an institutional supplement collected information on the following status and experiences:

  • Housing and Transporation
  • Family and Work
  • Parent and University Involvement
  • Sexual Consent Information
  • Experiences with exclusionary conduct (based on race, sex, sexual orientation, age, etc.)
  • Alcohol drug use and perceptions of risk

The following summaries produced by the Office of Student Persistence Research are available:

  1. First time, first year freshmen frequency tables [freshmen frequency report]
  2. Transfer student frequency tables [transfer frequency report]
  3. CIRP Mini-Conference: New Student Survey Highlights [access the powerpoint pdf]  
  4. Mini-reports dig into topics of interest to our campus constituents and support the trends shared at the CIRP mini-conference: