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Surveying Seniors

Graduating seniors reflect on their time at Mizzou.

Tiger Prowl

The Tiger Prowl tradition, launched in 1999, sends seniors walking through the Columns toward downtown Columbia. The event symbolizes their exit from Mizzou into postgraduation life. Photo by Rob Hill.

Every spring since 2003, the Mizzou Alumni Association has emailed graduating seniors to solicit impressions of their time at MU, asking about everything from academics to out-of-class experiences to defining moments.

The May 2013 survey drew 1,026 responses for a response rate of 17 percent. Among this group, 93 percent were positive or very positive about their educational experience. And 88 percent were positive or very positive about out-of-class experiences.

Ever since that first group more than a decade ago, I’ve been pleasantly surprised how students’ responses have remained pretty much the same,” says David Roloff, BES ’78, MA ’85, director of alumni relations.

The association shares the results with administrators across campus. Students’ open-ended responses offer leaders direct feedback, Roloff says, much of it positive.

One question: Did you have a defining moment in your experience at Mizzou?

One response: “Being able to be a part of and celebrate Mizzou’s 100th Homecoming.”