Research Reports

The Student Affairs Research Reports convey information about annual surveys coordinated through the U of M's participation in the Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC). The U of M is a founding member of CUSC and annually participates in the surveys of students that focus on, according to a three year cycle, first year students, undergraduate students and graduating students.

The following series of six research reports highlight the findings of the respective Surveys of Undergraduate Students.
For comparison purposes, the participating universities are categorized into three groups:

  • Group 1 consists of universities offering primarily undergraduate studies and with smaller student populations.
  • Group 2 consists of universities offering both undergraduate and graduate studies and tend to be of medium size in terms of student population.
  • Group 3 consists of universities offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, with most having professional schools as well. These tend to be the largest institutions in terms of student populations.

    The Student Affairs Research Reports are published by the University of Manitoba division of Student Affairs through Student Support.

    For more information, please contact Student Support at 204-474-6807.


Completed in April 2016, the 2016 CUSC Survey of First-Year Students focused on undergraduate university students who entered university for the first time during the 2015–16 academic year. The survey was distributed to almost 58,000 students at 34 universities across Canada. In total, 14,886 undergraduate students from across Canada completed the survey, including 885 from the University of Manitoba.

Volume 27, Issue 7 (PDF)
Overall Evaluation and Commitment to Completion

Volume 27, Issue 6 (PDF)
Satisfaction with Services

Volume 27, Issue 5 (PDF)
Satisfaction with Professors, Staff and Education

Volume 27, Issue 4 (PDF)
Expectations and Experience

Volume 27, Issue 3 (PDF)
Orientation and Goals

Volume 27, Issue 2 (PDF)
Motivation for Attending University

Volume 27, Issue 1 (PDF)
Demographic and Academic Profile


All previous University of Manitoba Research Reports on the CUSC (Canadian University Survey Consortium) data have been converted to electronic format.

The CUSC master reports are available online at the CUSC website via the publications link.