First Term Survey

The First Term Survey gives DASA valuable data to better support student success.

What is the First Term Survey?

Six weeks into the fall and spring semesters, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) invites all new first-year and transfer students to participate in the First Term Survey to collect information about new student experiences. DASA faculty and staff use these data to guide decisions and promote student success. More specifically, the survey collects data on student experiences with new student programming, acclimating to NC State, advising, counseling, academic support, leadership development, and sense of community, and more. 


In Fall 2021, new NC State students will be invited by email to complete the First Term Survey starting September 27. Students who complete the survey will help make NC State even better, and will be entered for the chance to win up to $50 in an Amazon gift card. Eight randomly selected students who complete the survey before October 8 will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, and all respondents will be entered for the chance to win one $50 Amazon gift card.


How does the survey help DASA support students?

Beyond providing data to units that can be used to inform student support services, the survey itself helps connect new members of the Wolfpack with key support resources. The survey measures students’ confidence levels in identifying various campus resources that can help them adjust to life at NC State, and links to these campus resources are provided to respondents.

Additionally, survey respondents who report psychological or academic difficulty during their transition to NC State are quickly contacted by the appropriate staff members who offer assistance. This is made possible through the collaborative efforts of a response team including DASA Assessment, the Counseling Center and Prevention Services, advisors in Academic Advising Programs and Services, Scholarships and Financial Aid, University Housing, the GLBT Center, the Women’s Center, and Student Ombuds Services.

Before and during the survey, students are informed that survey responses will be kept confidential to the extent possible unless otherwise noted. Students are informed that information may be relayed to the appropriate personnel if there is a safety concern or in the event the university has a legal duty to act on the information the student provided. More information about standard confidentiality language is available from DASA Assessment.

How can DASA units help the survey reach more students?

DASA units can do their part to help the First Term Survey reach more students by encouraging new students to complete the survey. Students receive an email invitation to complete the survey six weeks into the semester. Students will receive communications about the survey every few days until they complete it or the survey closes.


First Term Survey Media Toolkit

How can DASA use First Term Survey data?

First Term Survey aggregate results are reported for first-year and transfer students in separate reports every semester. DASA Assessment can also provide specific reports of aggregate data on particular populations of students or aggregate results for those who have participated in the unit’s programs or activities. These custom reports can be provided through the Data Request form below.


Request Custom First Term Survey Data

First Term Survey Reports

Please note that spring survey data is only available for 2019 onward because that was the first year the instrument was administered to spring-entry students in addition to fall-entry students.