New Student First Quarter Survey

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