The Hope Center

#RealCollege™ Survey

What is the #RealCollege Survey?

The #RealCollege Survey is the nation’s largest, most well-established assessment of students’ basic needs. More than 500 colleges and universities have participated and over 500,000 students have completed the #RealCollege survey.

In addition to offering colleges and universities an up-close look at the challenges facing students, the survey also allows for critical insights into diversity, equity, and inclusion; student health; and emergency aid. We hope that this information encourages colleges to see students as humans first; helps colleges efficiently and equitably distribute supports; inspires the provision of additional resources; and advances innovative policy solutions.

To learn more about findings from prior #RealCollege surveys, see the recent reports page.

Want to participate in the #RealCollege Survey 2022?

Hope Impact Partnerships (HIP) advancing #RealChange for #RealCollege Students is our new model for participation in the #RealCollege Survey; moving forward, it's how institutions like yours can participate in the survey.

HIP strategically aligns our nationally renowned student basic needs survey with systems change education and training services to help institutions not only identify their students' basic needs, but also address them. 

We offer three HIP partnership levels to meet institutions where they are at on their #realcollege journey. These levels range from survey only to bundled research, training, and coaching options.

Our expert team is excited to help you effectively assess, analyze, and take action to meet students’ basic needs on your campus. Act soon -- Deadline to apply is May 2nd, 2022.

Recent Reports

The Hope Center's recently published #RealCollege Survey reports are below. For all reports, see our Research Page.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established primarily in the post-Civil War era to meet the educational needs of...
In 2020, Philadelphians without a high school diploma were twice as likely as those with college degrees to have problems...
Entering fall 2020, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) was grappling with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic...
Fall 2020 was an extraordinary time for colleges in San Diego as the city continued to deal with the effects...
Fall 2020 was an unprecedented time for colleges and universities in Colorado as the state continued to deal with the...
Fall 2020 was an extraordinary time for colleges and universities in Hawai‘i as the state continued to deal with the...
Entering fall 2020, colleges in Virginia grappled with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Individual campuses contended with how
Philadelphia-area colleges and universities were reeling from the coronavirus pandemic as they entered fall 2020. Mirroring national trends, enrollment was
Entering fall 2020, colleges and universities in Texas grappled with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Individual campuses contended
Entering the fall 2020 term, higher education was reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. Enrollment was down—particularly among students most at