The Office of the Provost routinely invites segments of the MIT Community to respond to surveys addressing a wide range of issues. Recent surveys are available for review, with overall results for a sample of these surveys. If you are considering running a survey, please review our Survey Guidelines (PDF) to guide your survey development.
Surveys administered under the auspices of Institutional Research are voluntary. You may answer as few or as many questions as you wish.
Please be assured that the data are confidential, and the results of any research or analysis using the data will be presented in a way that individual respondents cannot be identified. For the purposes of analysis, we may combine other data with your responses to our surveys.
For surveys administered in conjunction with peer schools: Some of our surveys are administered as part of a consortium of peer institutions in order to gather comparative data. The results of these surveys are shared with institutional research offices at peer institutions. The use of the data at peer institutions is limited and requires that results are only used internally and in aggregate form.
Occasionally, we receive requests to use administrative data sets--including survey results--for academic research projects. In those situations, we remove direct identifiers (e.g. name or email address) before sharing with the researchers. Any researchers using these data for academic research are bound by the same rules of confidentiality and reporting stated above. That is, they may not report results in a way that identifies an individual respondent.
|Audience||Survey||Frequency||Next Survey||Last survey administration|
|Freshman / First Year
||2 years||Summer 2016||2014|
|Enrolled Undergraduates||4 years||Spring 2019||2015|
|Senior||2 years||Spring 2018||2016|
|Parents of Undergraduates||4 years||Spring 2020||2016|
|Admitted Graduate Students||2 years||Summer 2017||2015|
|Enrolled Graduate Students||4 years||Spring 2019||2015|
|MIT Graduating Students||annual||ongoing||2016|
|Student Quality of Life||4 years||Spring 2021||2017|
|Alumni||Undergraduate Alumni||~4 years||Spring 2017||2013|
|All Alumni: Impact of MIT||as needed||2014|
|Faculty and Staff Quality of Life||~4 years||Jan/Feb 2020||2016|
|Faculty Survey||4 years||Merged into Faculty and Staff QOL||2016|
|MIT-wide||Commuting to MIT||2 years||mid-Fall 2016||2014|
|Future of MIT Education||--||--|