National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

NSSE 2017 results will be available in Fall 2017.

The University of Waterloo has participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) since 2004. 

NSSE is administered by the Indiana University Centre for Post-secondary Research to undergraduate students in their first-year and graduating year. The survey measures the degree to which students are engaged in their academics and other educationally purposeful activities.

In 2013, a new version of the survey was launched. Updates were made to the survey instrument, summary engagement measures and structure of the reports.  Prior to 2013, NSSE provided engagement scores in five different benchmark categories. These have now been expanded into 10 engagement indicators which include: Higher-Order learning, Reflective & Integrative Learning, Quantitative Reasoning, Learning Strategies, Collaborative Learning, Discussions with Diverse Others, Student-Faculty Interaction, Effective Teaching Practices, Quality of Interactions and Supportive Environment.

The following University of Waterloo’s results are available below:

  • The Engagement & Benchmark Reports compare Waterloo’s performance to our peers in each of the 11 engagement indicators (2014) and the five NSSE benchmarks (2004 to 2011).
  • Frequencies Report provide counts and means of each response as compared to our peers.
  • Means Report (2004 to 2011) provide university-wide averages for questions compared to our peers.

The University of Waterloo has participated in NSSE as part of two different consortiums. In 2004 we participated in a consortium with all the G10 Universities (now the U15), and in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2014 we participated in a consortium with all Ontario Universities. As a consortium, we were able to add some additional questions to the survey, and those results are also available below.


Survey Reports


Survey Reports


Survey Reports


Survey Reports

Quick Facts


  • FTE (Full-time equivalent) Enrolment (2015/16): 33,200

  • International Mix (2015/16):

    • Graduate: 37%

    • Undergraduate: 17%

  • Degrees Granted (2016): 7,679

Co-operative Education

  • Co-op work terms (2015/16): 18,730

Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty Members (2015): 1,211
  • Number of Staff (2015): 2,325


  • Tri-Agency Research Awards (2015/16): $48.3M


  • $59.7M raised (2015/16)

Source: Performance Indicators

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