The National Survery of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2007 survey of colleges found these key finding:
- Students who meet with their advisor at least twice a year are more engaged and gain more from college, yet 10% never meet with their advisor.
- Thirteen percent of first-year students have parents who frequently intervene with college officials; another quarter had parents who intervened sometimes.
- When faculty members provide guidance and feedback on projects and papers, students are more satisfied and say they benefit more in desired ways.
- First-year men report higher SAT or ACT scores, but spend less time than women preparing for classes and more time relaxing and socializing in the first year of college
- Students who study abroad report greater gains in intellectual and personal development than their peers who do not have such experience.
- First-generation students are less likely to take part in enriching educational experiences such as study abroad, an internship, or research with a faculty member.
- An internship or field placement is the most powerful form of a culminating senior experience in terms of greater self-reported gains.
- Only 29% of seniors at public institutions do a culminating senior experience, compared with 42% of their private college and university counterparts.