BCSSE - Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement





"BCSSE collects data about entering college students' high school academic and co-curricular experiences, as well as their expectations for participating in educationally purposeful activities during the first college year. BCSSE administration usually takes place prior to the start of fall classes and is designed to be paired with a NSSE administration at the end of the first college year, providing an in-depth understanding of first-year student engagement on your campus."

- Center for Postsecondary Research | Indiana University School of Education

Missouri State University administered the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) to samples of incoming students in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2018.

Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement Institutional Reports (BCSSE)


BCSSE Scale Questions

2018 scale questions for BCSSE

BCSSE-NSSE Combined Report

BCSSE 2015-NSSE 2016

How to access the advising reports

The individual reports of the 2,030 students who took the survey are available to advisors through Advising Notes. “BCSSE Survey Results” will appear in "Transcripts and Test Scores."

Using the reports

BCSSE Advising Report Guide

The guide describes and explains the important of seven critical areas focusing on expectations, commitment, engagement, and preparation.

Conversation Catalysts

Advisors have compiled and shared a list of questions they asked as they looked through students’ BCSSE Advising Reports.

BCSSE ArchivesBCSSE Archives

Institutional surveys (NSSE, BCSSE, FSSE, etc.) are a comprehensive form of assessment in higher education. Including data from this year, students from 546 U.S. colleges and universities participated in the surveys.



Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement Institutional Reports (BCSSE) Archive

2015 (pdf) or 2015 (Excel)

2014 (pdf) or 2014 (Excel)



BCSSE-NSSE Combined Reports Archive

BCSSE 2014-NSSE2015

BCSSE 2011-NSSE 2012

BCSSE 2008-NSSE 2009