SITE Survey Winter 2007

UCI Student Information Technology Experience (SITE) Survey

Summary: During Winter 2007, NACS (now OIT) surveyed UCI students about their experiences with Information Technology (IT) and UCI IT services.  The survey was a collaborative effort based on input from Student Affairs, the Division of Undergraduate Education, the UCI Libraries, and others.

Detailed information about the survey is available here:


Approximately 3,000 undergraduates responded to the survey; they were asked a range of questions about the technology they own, use on campus and elsewhere, and how it affected their experiences at UCI and in learning in particular.  A few key facts coming out of the survey are:

  • 99% have their own computers: 83% have laptops; 54% desktops; 37% have both.
  • 95% of those with computers use them daily.
  • 88% of those with laptops use them daily; 52% use them away from their residences at least a few times a week.
  • 67% of those with desktop computers use them daily.
  • 76% have iPods or equivalent (43% of those with such devices use them daily)
  • 85% use UCI email daily; 98% also have non-UCI email and 67% of these use their non-university email daily.
  •  44% use EEE daily; 90% at least a few times a week.
  • 51% use online social interaction tools daily; 77% use it at least a few times a week.
  • 93% use instant messaging; 53% of these use it daily.
  • 34% use cell phone text messaging daily; 58% use it at least a few times a week.
  • Only 12% use cell-phone web access at least a few times a month.
  • 69% say they are more engaged in courses with technology (IT)
  • 86% say instructors use IT well
  • 90% say IT helps them learn
  • 93% say IT helps them communicate with their instructors
  • 94% say IT helps them with research
  • 29% use laptops in class only for class-related reasons; 3% for non-class reasons; 14% for both.

To fully understand the results of the survey, please review the full results (SITE Survey Results PDF).  You may also contact Stephen Franklin ( to arrange a presentation and discussion on UCI students and IT.