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The Office of Institutional Research administers a coordinated suite of surveys to address core needs of the College for comparative, longitudinal data on key trends in undergraduate education.  Many of these surveys are administered in concert with other private, selective colleges and universities nationally.  Collectively, they form the basis of many planning, decision-making and program review activities at the College.  Reports are accessible to the Pomona College community with a Box account and campus login.

CIRP Freshman Survey

The CIRP Freshman Survey is part of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, the oldest and largest national study of higher education. Hundreds of institutions across the country participate in this survey every year, providing longitudinal, comparative data on trends and characteristics of entering freshmen. 

  • CIRP 2010 Summary [pdf]
    • CIRP 2010 TFS Comparison Groups [pdf]
    • CIRP 2010 TFS Instrument [pdf]
  • CIRP 2006 Summary  [pdf]

Enrolled Students Survey (ESS)

The Enrolled Students Survey (ESS) is a survey of student engagement. It focuses on day-to-day student activities, modes of student-student and student-faculty interactions, student use of institutional resources, and environmental factors that affect engagement. 

  • ESS 2011 Pomona Summary by Class Year  [pdf]
  • ESS 2007 Pomona Summary by Class Year [pdf]
  • ESS 2003 Pomona Excerpt: Change in Skills Across Class Years [pdf]

Perceptions of Undergraduate Life and Student Experiences (PULSE)

The PULSE is a briefer version of the Enrolled Students Survey, focusing on the most essential questions of student engagement. This survey was first administered in Spring 2009.

  • PULSE 2009 Summary [pdf]

Senior Survey

The Senior Survey is administered every other year to all graduating students. Items focus on students' satisfaction with various aspects of the College and the major, their experiences during college, and their perceptions of growth and learning. It is an important tool used by the College in assessing the overall Pomona experience.

  • Senior Survey Comparative Trends: Student Evaluations of the College and the Major [pdf]
  • Senior Survey 2012 Summary [pdf]
  • Senior Survey 2010 Summary[pdf]

Alumni Survey

The Alumni Survey is a useful tool for tracking graduates beyond Pomona College.  Items focus on graduate/professional school, employment, reflections on the undergraduate experience, and connectedness to the College. Selected results from the survey, administered every five years, are available with a campus login and password.

  • 2009 Alumni Survey Summary [pdf]
  • 2005 Alumni Survey Summary [pdf]

HERI Faculty Survey

Since 1989, more than 300,000 faculty members at more than 1100 colleges and universities nationwide have participated in the HERI Faculty Survey. Please contact OIR for information about the 2007 and 2011 administrations of this survey.

Parent Survey

The Parent Survey provides national comparative data on a number of topics, including parents' satisfaction with the College, access to information, parent-child contact, and the impact of financing a college education. 

  • 2012 Parent Survey Comparative Summary [pdf]