New Student First Quarter Survey

The UW Bothell New Student First Quarter Survey is administered annually at the close of the Autumn quarter to new 1st-years and transfers. Its primary focus is to provide early guidance on factors related to retention. 

Topical focuses include:

  • —Intent to Return/Graduate
  • —Prior Year (High School and Community College) Experiences
  • —Academic and Personal Habits
  • —Self-Perception
  • —First Quarter Experiences
  • —Plans for Time at UW Bothell
  • —Satisfaction and Belongingness

Selected Findings

Autumn 2014 Administration:

There was a total of 398 respondents, 30% overall response rate. 

  • —29% Transfer response rate
  • —33% First Year response rate


  • 57% reported at least moderate challenges from family obligations
  • 52% reported at least moderate challenges from work obligations

High Impact Practices

  • 50% plan to participate in a club (First-Years: 58%; 1st Gen/Pell: 60%)
  • 58% plan to work on a professor’s research project (1st Gen/Pell: 64%)
  • 70% plan to seek tutoring help in specific courses

General Satisfact​ion

  • 92% were satisfied with their academic life at UW Bothell
  • 73% were satisfied with their social life at UW Bothell
  • 90% felt that they “belong” at UW Bothell
  • 85% would choose UW Bothell if they had to it to do over
  • 89% would recommend UW Bothell to a potential student
    • Students who are First-Generation or Pell-Eligible report satisfaction and a sense of belonging at similar or higher levels

Full Summary Results