The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), an initiative of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, gathers information about the “front door” of colleges, and helps colleges discover why some entering students persist and succeed and others do not.

Administered during the 4th and 5th weeks of the fall academic term, SENSE allows colleges to learn what is working—and what needs improvement—in their intake processes and students’ earliest classroom experiences with the goal of improving entering student retention and outcomes.