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College Student Inventory™

Start students on the path to academic success by making connections earlier in the term
College Student Inventory

The College Student Inventory (CSI) identifies the individual strengths and challenges for each member of your incoming class, as well as their receptivity to your interventions, early in the first term. This student survey provides data to make interventions more meaningful and relevant, before a student has made a decision to stay or leave. With the CSI, you prioritize your interventions more effectively, connect at-risk students to the resources they need most, and help more of your incoming students persist.

See samples of the College Student Inventory

Engage students through motivational assessment, proactive outreach, and intervention

The CSI identifies the leading non-cognitive indicators of students' success. You receive detailed information about their academic motivations, levels of personal support, and receptivity to your assistance. This information helps you to:

  • Create a strong connection with incoming students very early in their first term
  • Engage students in reflective discussions about how to develop their talents and overcome areas of challenge
  • Match at-risk students to the services they need

Example of student/advisor interaction using the CSI


Download the accompanying CSI report

Your student retention initiatives not only become more focused and personalized through the CSI, but you also unify the actions of your student and academic affairs personnel, creating a stronger culture of student success on campus.

Available in multiple formats: paper or online, English or Spanish

Choose from three forms of the College Student Inventory. Note that even if you choose paper administration of the CSI, you will receive your reports online.

  • Form A (paper or online, 194 items)
    Offers the most comprehensive analysis with 19 motivational assessment scales.
  • Form B (paper or online, 100 items)
    The most widely used version of the CSI, Form B analyzes student attitudes across 17 different scales.
  • Form C (online only, 74 items)
    Designed specifically for students who seek to balance work, family, and academics, such as adult learners.
  • Canadian version (online only, 100 items)
    This version of Form B reflects Canadian terminology and spelling.
  • Spanish versions: Forms A, B, and C are available in online Spanish versions.

Implementation support

For information on administering the College Student Inventory, see our implementation guidelines and frequently-asked questions.

Part of the Retention Management System Plus™ (RMS)

The College Student Inventory is part of the Retention Management System Plus. In addition to the College Student Inventory, these additional tools can further strengthen your student success efforts:

Mid-Year Student Assessment™—Equips you to strengthen student persistence by identifying changes in students' needs at the mid-point of their first year. This is a follow-up post-test for the College Student Inventory.

Second-Year Student Assessment™—Extends and strengthens your interventions into the sophomore year by surveying the needs and motivational levels of second-year college students.

Student Retention Predictor™—Identifies the statistical likelihood that each incoming student will persist, based on institution-specific predictive modeling and in-depth analytics.

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See samples

Examine samples of the College Student Inventory and its resulting reports. See samples »

What campus colleagues say

"Before we were using the College Student Inventory, there was a lot of speculation about what individual students needed. Now we have a clear understanding and a roadmap to maximize student success."
—Martha Shawver, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, Wichita State University (Kansas) 

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