Student Life - Research

Who Goes Blue?: U-M Sophomores' Perspectives on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

October 2017 -- With the University of Michigan in its second year of implementing its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan, understanding our students’ self-perceptions, beliefs, and values related to key diversity and inclusion issues is essential. Examining areas such as the extent to which U-M students value promoting racial understanding or their perceived abilities to work with diverse people give us insight into how we can support all of our students and strive for inclusive excellence.

Who Goes Blue? U-M Sophomores' Identities and Engagement

September 2017 -- 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.


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.