Student Life - Research

Who Goes Blue? Class of 2020 Identities and Engagement

Every year, the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Student Life asks first-year students to complete the CIRP survey as part of their New Student Orientation experience. CIRP gauges incoming students’ experiences on a variety of issues including background characteristics, high school experiences, attitudes, behaviors, and expectations for college. This information is valuable as we develop, implement, and improve our services, programs, and educational offerings to both challenge and support our students to facilitate their growth.


2017 Student Life Research Symposium Materials

Thank you for attending the Fourteenth Annual Student Life Research Symposium "Gather, Reflect, Share: Demonstrating Impact in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work".

Materials and photos are now available online at:

We hope these resources will be valuable in connecting the day's conversations to the work that you do.

See you at next year's Student Life Research Symposium on May 16, 2018 at the Michigan League.

Undergraduate Entering Student Profile 2016

It is easy to assume that students today are like students 10, 20, or 30 years ago. However, part of the work we do with CIRP data is to investigate how students at Michigan change over the years – to challenge our assumptions. We also show how students are different at Michigan (or are not different) from students at other public highly selective universities. We hope this snapshot helps you understand our students a bit better.

Academic Programs Entering Student Profiles 2016

The results of the 2006 and 2016 CIRP Entering Student Surveys contain valuable information about changes in students’ backgrounds, activities, beliefs and goals. In the data below, University of Michigan students who entered in 2006 are compared with first-year students who began in 2016. CIRP is conducted at the University of Michigan by Student Life Research, and nationally by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.

What We Do

Student Life Research serves as a resource for many University of Michigan departments and units for creating assessment tools, collecting data,  disseminating results, and generally expanding our knowledge of students at the University. Read more about our mission.