College Student Inventory (CSI) Overview

Ruffalo Noel Levitz’s College Student Inventory (CSI) is a self-assessment instrument designed to assess motivational factors that impact student success. The CSI is given to incoming first-year students at SOAR and asks students to self-report their academic, social, and personal perceptions and behaviors.

Wartburg faculty and staff use the CSI results of each incoming first-year student to identify their strengths and needs and connect them to 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
  • Study Habits
  • Intellectual Interests
  • Verbal & Writing Confidence
  • Math & Science Confidence
  • Desire To Finish College
  • Attitude Toward Educators
General Coping Scales
  • Sociability
  • Family Emotional Support
  • Opinion Tolerance
  • Career Closure
  • Sense of Financial Security
Receptivity Scales
  • Academic Assistance
  • Personal Counseling
  • Social Enrichment
  • Career Counseling
  • Financial Guidance
Campus Contacts
  • Nicole Willis, Pathways Center Academic Success Associate (319) 352-8230
  • Jette Irgens, Pathways Center Assistant Director (319 352-8410