The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

At the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias, we want our students to have the best educational experience possible, and your participation in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) helps us by providing vital information about your activities in and out of the classroom. If you are a UMaine or UMaine Machias first-year student, or a senior age 18 or older, please complete the NSSE survey. The survey should take roughly 15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, and you may skip questions you prefer not to answer.

In appreciation for participating, students who complete the survey will be automatically entered in a series of random drawings to win 1 of a variety of prizes. The prizes include Hydro Flask water bottles (8 available at a value of $39.95), sweatshirt blankets (3 available at a value of $49.95), and 12 $10 gift cards to the Bear’s Den (UMaine) or Kilburn Commons Dining Hall (UMaine Machias).

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Drawings will be held on the following Winning Wednesday dates at noon: March 8, March 22, March 29, April 5, and April 12. Your chances of winning depend on how many students complete the survey; the last time we administered this survey about 1151 students responded. Winners will be notified by email. 

  1. March 8 – Sweatshirt blanket, 1 water bottle, 3 dining gift cards
  2. March 22 – 2 water bottles and 2 dining gift cards
  3. March 29 – 2 water bottles and 2 dining gift cards
  4. April 5 – Sweatshirt blanket, 2 water bottles, 2 dining gift cards
  5. April 12 – Sweatshirt blanket, 1 water bottle, 3 dining gift cards

For help with logging into the survey or to find answers to a variety of other questions, please go to: More information about NSSE is at If you have other questions, please contact Debra Allen at or 207-581-1461.

UMaine and the Indiana Center for Postsecondary Research will make every effort to keep your responses confidential, although absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Neither UMaine nor the Center will make any public release of information associated with your name while using survey results and related student records for their intended purpose (to improve the college experience and conduct research), but personally identifiable responses may be inspected by college and government organizations when required by law.

Thank you in advance for taking a few moments to reflect on your experiences and help us strengthen the University of Maine!