The University of Texas at Austin is part of the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium, which includes peer universities such as the University of California System, the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Virginia. The SERU survey, branded UTell Us for UT Austin, is administered to gather information on student engagement, both curricular and co-curricular, and provides information to help administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders improve the student experience.
In 2020, the survey was shortened to focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the student experience. In 2021, the survey was expanded to follow up on the continued impact of COVID-19, as well as understand a broader scope of student experience and engagement. Responses will be used to develop and improve programs, policies, and services to address students’ needs now and in the future.
Student identities and individual responses to the survey are confidential.
Students in the following categories were not eligible to take the 2021 UTell Us survey:
- Students younger than 18
- Non-degree seeking students
- Students who were not enrolled in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, as of the 12th class day
When the survey is administered, students can access the survey online using a single sign-on link posted to this page, sent via email, and shared via social media.
The 2021 survey examined student experiences at UT Austin, such as academic and community engagement, evaluation of the major, overall satisfaction, and the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey also asked students about backgrounds, motivations, and perspectives. Responses will be used to gain a greater understanding of students’ experiences and needs and will help the university better serve students.
The survey takes approximately 25-30 minutes to complete.
Students who completed the 2021 survey were entered into a drawing for a chance to receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Recipients were notified via email about how to claim their gift card.
Results are used by UT Austin to improve curricula, increase research opportunities, improve services, and inform policy. UT Austin and other participating research universities contribute their survey data as part of a research consortium. The aggregated data is used to gain a better understanding of how to improve the college experience. When the data is available, it is posted to this page.
- UT Austin SERU COVID-19 Key Points: Undergraduate Students
- UT Austin SERU COVID-19 Key Points: Graduate Students
- 2018 SERU Core Report (PDF)
- 2016 SERU Core Report (PDF)
- Report on Sustainability – 2016 (PDF)
- Report on Undergraduate Research – 2016 (PDF)
- Finance and Financial Stressors in the Undergraduate Experience at UT Austin – 2011 (PDF)
- The University of Texas at Austin and the Research University Advantage – 2011 (PDF)
- Indicators of Student Wellness at UT Austin – 2011 (PDF)