The Hope Center

#RealCollege™ Survey

The #RealCollege™ Survey is on hiatus for the 2021-2022 academic year while The Hope Center meets this critical moment with the #RealCollege™ Institutional Capacity–Building Cohort (ICBC)

The #RealCollege™ Survey will resume for Fall 2022. Click here to indicate your interest in participating.

We will then send you information on how to sign up now to lock-in a reduced rate. Participation could potentially be funded using the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

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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.

When will additional information about the fall 2022 #RealCollege Survey be available?

Additional information about the fall 2022 #RealCollege Survey will be available in early 2022. Click here if you are interested in participating in the Fall 2022 survey and we will email you with more information. For questions regarding the #RealCollege Survey, please email

Recent Reports

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

This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2018and 2019 at 28 of the
This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2019 at 28 out of the
Five years after it began, the #RealCollege Survey has now reached more than 330,000 students at more than 400 colleges
The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. The survey, created by
Since 2008, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab (now the Hope Center) has examined food and housing insecurity among the nation’s undergraduates.
Food and housing insecurity among the nation’s community college students threatens their health and wellbeing, along with their academic achievements.
A new study at 10 community colleges across the nation reveals that half of the more than 4,000 community college