NSSE

Universities are dissected, analyzed and compared by a mind-boggling number of rankings. One useful tool is the National Survey of Student Engagement, which measures how students say they are engaged with their course work, professors and campus community. Results can help prospective students decide if Marquette is the right place for them to learn and develop.

In spring 2010, 1,462 randomly selected Marquette first-year students and seniors responded to the NSSE survey. Below are responses from Marquette students compared with responses from our peers*.

  • 91 percent of first-year students have a favorable image of Marquette, and 90 percent of seniors would choose Marquette again if they could start their college career over. 82 percent of seniors at our peer colleges would choose the same college again.
  • 91 percent of first-year students think Marquette places substantial emphasis on academics compared with 83 percent at peer colleges.
  • 87 percent of first-year students think Marquette has a substantial commitment to their academic success compared with 78 percent of first-year students at peer institutions.
  • 88 percent of seniors at Marquette at least occasionally discuss career plans with faculty compared with 81 percent of seniors at peer colleges.
  • 68 percent of first-year students report that their peers are friendly, supportive and help them feel as if they belong — 10 percentage points higher than what first-year students report at peer institutions.
  • By their senior year, 72 percent of students have participated in some form of practicum, internship, field experience, co-op or other clinical assignment compared with 47 percent of seniors at peer colleges.
  • By their senior year, 26 percent of students have studied abroad compared with 12 percent of seniors at peer institutions.
  • 81 percent of seniors have participated in community service or volunteer work, 21 percentage points higher than peer institutions.
  • By their senior year, 51 percent of students have participated in a culminating senior experience, such as a capstone course, compared with 31 percent of seniors at peer colleges.
  • 83 percent of seniors say they have acquired substantial job or work-related knowledge and skills as a result of their experience at Marquette compared with 74 percent of seniors at peer institutions.
  • 94 percent of seniors say they have substantially developed skills in thinking critically and analytically as a result of their experiences at Marquette compared with 87 percent at peer colleges.
  • 77 percent of seniors report that their experience at Marquette has substantially developed their personal code of values and ethics, which is 17 percentage points higher than our peers.

* Peer institutions include other research-intensive universities that participated in the NSSE in spring 2010.

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More about NSSE

NSSE (pronounced Nessie), based in Bloomington, Ind., has surveyed almost 1,200 schools at least once since 2000 and partnered with USA Today to publish the 2007 survey in print and online.

NSSE is administered by Indiana University’s Center for Survey Research and is supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

NSSE isn't the only survey in which Marquette scores well. It is 83rd among the top national universities in the 2013 edition of America's Best Colleges, released by U.S. News & World Report, and was named among the "A+ Options for B Students." Read more Marquette rankings.