Student Experience in the Research University (SERU)

In February 2020, the Office of Undergraduate Education assumed responsibility for the SERU survey at the University of Minnesota. For survey results or other SERU-related questions, contact their office for further information. 

The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey is a multi-institutional survey focusing on undergraduate students’ experiences at top-tier research-intensive universities. The SERU survey is an online census survey designed to promote and enhance data-driven decisions and provide a path for institutional self-improvement. The SERU survey is a partnership between the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Minnesota, the survey manager and administrator. The SERU Consortium of institutions also offers a graduate student survey (gradSERU) and surveys at international institutions (SERU-I).

The University of Minnesota participated in the SERU survey in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. The SERU survey instruments for all years are available on the Survey Instruments page. 

Response Rates
The University of Minnesota received responses from approximately 8,744 students in 2018 (~30% response rate), 11,870 students in 2017 (~41% response rate), 6,780 students in 2015 (~24% response rate), 8,332 students in 2014 (~30% response rate), 9,700 students in 2013 (~34% response rate), 9,100 students in 2012 (~32% response rate), 9,600 students in 2010 (~34% response rate), and 5,882 students in 2009 (~28% response rate).

Demographic Data
The SERU survey collects additional demographic data, such as students’ sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, and more, that are not listed in the online results so that we can retain students’ anonymity and confidentiality. Those demographic data, in addition to data collected within SERU special topic modules (including the University of Minnesota-specific wildcard module), are available by contacting OIR.