College Student Inventory™

For incoming first-year students at four-year and two-year campuses
College Student Inventory

Use this early-alert survey to identify at-risk students, focus advisors on key concerns, and link students to resources 

The College Student Inventory identifies at-risk students in the incoming class using the leading noncognitive indicators of college student success. You and your colleagues receive detailed information about each student's academic motivations, areas of risk, and receptivity to specific student services. This survey can be administered before classes get under way or soon after classes begin, providing you with data to make interventions more meaningful and relevant, before a student begins disengaging.

Used by more than 1,400 institutions and completed by more than 2.6 million students nationwide, the College Student Inventory is the leading tool for early identification and early intervention with your newest students.

See samples of the CSI and its reports

"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) 

Read more comments and case studies.


Contact Us

Have a question about the College Student Inventory,
or about student retention strategies? Talk with us.

Send us an email or call 1-800-876-1117 and ask to speak to our student retention strategists. Learn how to use the CSI to:

  • Identify which students are at risk and receptive to assistance.
  • Intervene with students earlier, when the chance for success is greater.
  • Make retention strategies more effective and efficient by basing them on reliable student data.

Technology to support and manage your student success efforts

Retention Data Center

The Retention Data Center allows for customized filtering and data analysis with the Retention Management System Plus

The College Student Inventory gives you access to the online Retention Data Center, a fully customized portal where you can manage and filter your data, run reports, and share information with key retention colleagues. Learn more.

Nuro Retention

Nuro Retention



The Nuro Retention system is able to consume, combine, and normalize multiple, disparate data sets, including the CSI, MYSA, SYSA, SRP. Nuro Retention provides an entire case management system that alerts advising and success stakeholders to student issues, and provides tools for all interveners to communicate, collaborate, set milestones and alert sensitivity, and memorialize all activity for future reporting. Visit Nuro Retention to learn more.

Mobile device administration

Administer the CSI to incoming college students on their mobile devicesStudents can take the College Student Inventory on mobile phones and tablets.

Plus you can administer all assessments through an online dashboard.




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.

See samples of the College Student Inventory.

Implementation support

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

Additional RMS Plus assessments

Latest report

2018 College Freshman Motivation to Complete College Report

2018 National Freshman Motivation to Complete College Report

How do first-year students feel about college as they begin their careers? Learn the motivations, attitudes, and challenges for today's incoming college students, based on data from 93,000 college freshmen.


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