Retention Support & Analytics

Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA)

College Student Inventory (CSI)

Take the College Student Inventory here prior to NSO 16.

Ruffalo Noel Levitz’s College Student Inventory (CSI) is a self-assessment instrument designed to assess motivational factors that influence student success. The CSI is given to incoming first-year students prior to attending New Student Orientation and asks students to self-report their academic, social, and personal history and interests.

TAMUCC personnel use the CSI results to identify students' strengths and needs and connect students with programs and support designed to help students reach their full academic, social, and personal potential.


The CSI is an online survey comprised of 100 questions, which are categorized under three main areas:

  • Academic Motivation
  • General Coping Skills
  • Receptivity to Support Services
Academic Motivation Scales: General Coping Scales: Receptivity scales:
  • Study Habits
  • Sociability
  • Academic Assistance
  • Intellectual Interests
  • Family Emotional Support
  • Career Guidance
  • Verbal & Writing Confidence
  • Opinion Tolerance
  • Personal Counseling
  • Math & Science Confidence
  • Career Closure
  • Social Enrichment
  • Desire to Finish College
  • Sense of Financial Security
  • Financial Guidance
  • Attitude Toward Educators

  • Academic Motivation, General Coping, and Receptivity Scales
    are used to connect students with TAMUCC support for any of the following areas:

    Academic Support

    • Get help with exam skills
    • Get help wtih study habits
    • Get help with writing skills
    • Get help with math skills
    • Get tutoring in selected areas
    • Get help with reading skills

    Career Guidance

    • Discuss the qualifications for occupations
    • Get help in selecting an academic program
    • Discuss job market for college graduates
    • Get help in selecting an occupation
    • Discuss advantages/disadvantages of occupations

    Emotional Support

    • Discuss attitude toward school with counselor
    • Discuss any unwanted habit with counselor
    • Discuss personal relationships and social life with counselor
    • Discuss any family problems with counselor
    • Discuss any emotional tensions with counselor
    • Discuss any unhappy feelings with counselor

    Social Interests

    • Get help in meeting new friends
    • Get information about student activities
    • Get advice from an experienced student
    • Get information about clubs and social organizations

    Financial Guidance

    • Get help in obtaining a loan
    • Get help in obtaining a scholarship
    • Get help in finding a summer job
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