Institute Surveys

Institute Surveys

The Office of Academic Effectiveness (OAE) at Georgia Tech is responsible for administering a variety of Institute-wide surveys. The OAE serves as the data administrator for the following surveys.

Career and Salary Survey
Exit Surveys
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Undergraduate Exit Survey
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Graduate Exit Survey (Masters)
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Graduate Exit Survey (PhD)
Survey of Earned Doctorates
CIRP Freshman Survey
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
GT Alumni Survey

Career and Salary Survey

The Georgia Tech Career & Salary Survey is designed to capture students’ post-graduation plans, particularly with regard to employment and further education. The survey is administered to undergraduate and masters-level students at the end of each semester.

Salary data is available from Fall 2006 to (CURRENT), presented by semester.  Multiple semesters can be combined in these reports. Note: While the Salary Report is public, access to the survey data requires valid GT credentials. 

Salary Report

The Salary Report provides a summary of employment offers, acceptances, salary offers and signing bonuses presented by major, college, and degree level. Placement and salary data from the Survey of Earned Doctorates is incorporated to include PhD-level students. It is important to note that the results presented are based on self-reported information. In some instances, reported salaries may vary considerably from year to year. These results should be considered a guide for those negotiating employment offers.  Actual salaries can vary based on prior work experience, specific desired skills, job location, and other factors.


Exit Surveys

The Exit Surveys (i.e., undergraduate, masters, and PhD) are designed to capture students’ perceptions of their experiences at Georgia Tech. The surveys are divided into two sections.  Section one includes items that are common across all programs and section two program-specific items.  The surveys are administered to graduating students during their final year (i.e., between degree petition and graduation).  

The data is aggregated and reported on an annual basis.  Following are links to each of the surveys to include access to the aggregate data.

Note: Access to survey data requires valid GT credentials. 

Undergraduate Exit Survey

Graduate Exit Survey – Masters

Graduate Exit Survey – PhD


Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED)

The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) is a national survey administered to all individuals receiving a research doctorate from an accredited U.S. institution. The SED is sponsored by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by five other federal agencies: the National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The SED collects information on the doctoral recipient’s educational history, demographic characteristics, and post-graduation plans. Results are used to assess characteristics of the doctoral population and trends in doctoral education and degrees.

Georgia Tech Doctoral students are asked to participate in the SED following completion of the Graduate Exit Survey – PhDs

SED data is available from (AY 2013-2016), grouped by academic year of degree completion.  Multiple years can be combined in this report.


The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey (TFS)

The CIRP Freshman Survey is designed to collect data that provides a snapshot of incoming students background characteristics, high school experiences, attitudes, behaviors, and expectations for college. The survey is administered each year to incoming freshmen at participating institutions. Georgia Tech first-year students are asked to complete the CIRP survey at orientation.

Key areas of the survey examine:

  • Established behaviors in high school
  • Academic preparedness
  • Admissions decisions
  • Expectations of college
  • Interactions with peers and faculty
  • Student values and goals
  • Student demographic characteristics
  • Concerns about financing college


National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The National Survey of Student Engagement collects information from undergraduate students about how they engage with the programs and activities the institution provides for their learning and personal development. Survey items represent empirically confirmed “good practices” in undergraduate education and is administered by the Center for Post-Secondary Research, at Indiana University. The NSSE is given to first year and seniors on a three-year cycle. 


GT Alumni Surveys

The GT Alumni Surveys are designed to provide insight into which skills and abilities are most valued in the work environment as experienced by Georgia Tech alumni, as well as alumni’s satisfaction with the curriculum and other experiences at the Institute. The surveys provide valuable post-graduation data as it affords alums the opportunity to reflect on their experiences at GT and how those experiences helped to shape their careers. The surveys are administered to undergraduate and graduate alumni 3-5 years post-graduation.