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Learn more about the administration of the survey (such as contents, schedule, participants, response rates, and past instruments), in the "About" section below. Explore SAIRO's reporting (such as reports, dashboards and briefs) under each year of administration and to view longitudinal analysis, review the "Multi-Year and Longitudinal Data" section below.

To obtain any of these documents in a more accessible format, please contact SAIRO.

About ESS

Survey Reports:

Entering Student Survey (ESS)


All incoming students (first year and transfer)

Latest Administration:

Year: 2021
Response Rate: TBA


• Past Activities and Engagement
• Anticipated Activities and Engagement
• Skills and Abilities
• Interaction with Others
• Health and Wellbeing
• Campus Climate
• Finances/Basic Needs
• Background and Characteristics

Type of Data Collection:

Online survey

Administration Schedule:

Biennially, during Summer Quarter


The Entering Student Survey (ESS) replaced the CIRP and TSS in 2021. This survey provides valuable baseline data about our new student population (both first year and transfer) as they enter UCLA and allows us to better understand the student experience and assess the services being provided to this population.


Download instruments for: 2021


Administration underway, reporting coming soon