Undergraduate Senior Survey
Every two years, MIT administers a Senior Survey during the spring semester. All undergraduate seniors are invited to answer. The on-line survey asks students to describe their plans after college, to rate their satisfaction with various aspects of their education, to indicate how their abilities changed since enrolling at MIT, and how they financed their education.
|2014 Senior Survey||Web Preview||70%||Survey Highlights & Overall Results|
|2002-2012 Senior Survey Trends||2002-2012 Survey Highlights & Overall Results|
|2012 Senior Survey||Web Mockup||73%||Survey Highlights & Overall Results|
|2010 Senior Survey||70%||Overall Results|
|2008 Senior Survey||65%||Overall Results|
|Senior Survey Trend: 2002, 2004 & 2006||Overall Results|
|2006 Senior Survey||61%||Overall Results|
|2004 Senior Survey||61%||Overall Results|
|2002 Senior Survey||Overall Results|
Recent Findings (2014 Senior Survey)
- 89% of respondents reported being generally or very satisfied with their overall undergraduate education, slightly higher than in 2012.
- Among several questions targeting the academic experience at MIT, respondents reported the highest levels of satisfaction with the opportunities to participate in research with a faculty member (92% very or generally satisfied), the quality of instruction in engineering courses (91%), and the quality of instruction in humanities and arts courses (91%). Academic advising before declaring a major received the lowest satisfaction rating in this group, with 53% of students saying they were very or generally satisfied. Quality of advising within their major received 71% very or generally satisfied.
- Regarding satisfaction with various aspects of campus life, the three highest-rated categories were the climate for LGBTQ students on campus (94% generally or very satisfied), opportunities to participate in intramural and other recreational athletics (94%), and the feeling of security on campus (93%).
- 56% of respondents indicated that they planned on working for pay full-time this fall (up from 47% in 2012), while 37% indicated full-time graduate or professional school (down slightly from 39% in 2012; Note: students could choose more than one activity).
- Read more in the 2014 Senior Survey Highlights.
Other Senior Surveys
The MIT Careers Office asks all graduating students to complete a survey at the end of the spring semester to learn about post graduation plans, including where MIT graduates work and pursue graduate study, salaries, and other career-related topics. The School of Engineering administers the EBI Engineering Exit Survey to all engineering seniors every two years to understand satisfaction with quality of instruction, coursework, advising, skill development, major design experience, course comparisons, and plans after graduation.