Why should students take the UTell Us survey?
How do students participate in the survey?
Will responses on the UTell Us survey be kept confidential?
What types of questions are on the UTell Us survey?
Who is eligible to take the UTell Us survey?
How will the results of the UTell Us survey be used?
Will students be able to see the results of the UTell Us survey?
How long does the survey take to complete?
Who developed the survey?
Explain more about the prize drawings.
When students take the time to tell us about their undergraduate experience at UT Austin, we take their responses very seriously. Survey feedback helps us to improve the student experience and better inform policy decisions. This is their opportunity to tell us how we can continue improving life at the university.
Undergraduates at UT Austin may access the survey online through URL links found in invitation emails and through the UTell Us website.
Yes. Student identities and individual responses on the survey remain confidential.
The questions cover a broad range of topics, from the amount of time spent studying, to the type of research experiences undergraduates enjoy— the survey provides a snapshot of undergraduate life at research universities. Questions also gauge the impact of college on areas like critical thinking, writing and revising term papers, academic preparation, research experiences, overall satisfaction and time management.
Degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled at UT Austin who are at least 18 years of age are eligible to take the UTell Us survey.
Students in the following categories are not eligible to take the survey:
- Students under the age of 18 as of January 31, 2017
- Graduate students
- Professional students
- Non-degree seeking students
- Correspondence students
- Incoming students as of spring 2017
Results are used by UT Austin to improve curricula, increase research opportunities, improve services, and inform policy related to undergraduate education. Texas and other participating research universities will contribute their survey data as part of a research consortium. The aggregated data will be used to gain a better understanding of how to improve the college experience.
Yes, we will publish an announcement to students when the data is available and post it on this site.
It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
UT Austin is part of the Student Experience in the Research Universities (SERU) Consortium that includes many peer universities including the University of California System, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia. The SERU survey is administered to all undergraduate students to gather information on student engagement, both curricular and co-curricular, and provides information to help the university improve programs and processes to better serve our students.
Students who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for prizes, which in 2017 include:
- 10 – “The Big Ticket” sports packages from UT Athletics
- 10 – $200 Campus Computer Store gift cards
- 10 – $50 University Co-op gift certificates
- 10 – $50 Amazon gift cards
Drawings will be held every Thursday from March through mid-May. Four winners will be chosen each week (one winner for each prize type). Winners will be notified by email about how to claim their prize. Winning any prize eliminates a student from eligibility for all subsequent prize drawings.
To claim a prize, students complete a participant receipt form and show a picture ID. Students will provide Social Security Number and local address. If for some reason the student cannot complete a participant receipt from, they are automatically ineligible for the prize.