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Survey of American College Students: Use of Academic Advising, 2018 Edition

Survey of American College Students: Use of Academic Advising, 2018 Edition

The study looks closely at how much and when college students interact with their academic advisors and how satisfied they are with them.  The report presents detailed data from a survey of 1,065 participants on the percentage of students who know their advisor, how many times they see their advisor, whether they see their advisor when they are not required to do so, and how they view advisor effectiveness. The report also gives extensive information on how students contact their advisors, by phone, email, chat, through a website form, or in-person – giving specific data and commentary for each communication vehicle.  It also gives data on how students think of their academic advisor and the extent to which students go to their advisors for various reasons, including non-strictly-academic ones such as for help with career planning or financial aid.


We asked: How much do you feel that you have benefited from contact with your college’s alumni association. We gave four possible answers to this multiple-choice question; there were: 1) I have not had much contact with them 2) I've had some contact and it has been modestly useful 3) I've had some contact with them and it has been useful 4) I've had some contact with them and it has been very useful. An overwhelming majority, nearly 59%, noted that they have not had much contact with the alumni association while 18.07% have had some contact and found it modestly useful. Only 12.54% have had some contact and considered it useful while 6.93% have had some contact and found it very useful. The percentage of those who have had useful contact rose from those age 19 or less to those age 21 and the overall percentage with useful contact close to doubled between these two age points.

1.1 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni?
1.2 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by age of survey participant
1.3 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
1.4 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
1.5 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by college year class standing
1.6 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by approximate student family annual income
1.7 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant
1.8 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant
1.9 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant
1.10 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant
1.11 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by gender of the survey participant
1.12 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out for students in public or private colleges
1.13 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant
1.14 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant
1.15 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant
1.16 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant
1.17 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college's alumni? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant

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