Penn State CORE Survey

To understand YOUR Penn State experience!

Be a part of this new movement to share your experiences.
Your voice is important.

Penn State CORE (COllege Relationships and Experiences)

Penn State CORE is a study of the experiences of Penn State undergraduate students across the Commonwealth. The study will give voice to all students as they share about their life at Penn State, inform ways that Penn State can enhance their experiences, and serve as a gateway for students to elect to be contacted about future research studies at Penn State.

By collecting data from thousands of Penn State students, we will gain a clear snapshot into college life today. We want to know what activities you’re involved in, how connected you feel at Penn State, and whether you have used University health services. We want to know something about how you spend your time. We also want to learn whether you have experienced challenges such as stress or discrimination while at Penn State.

This project, funded by the Social Science Research Institute and the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences, is being conducted in partnership with Penn State Student Affairs.

Project Director
Stephanie Lanza, Ph.D.
Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

Project Manager
Courtney Whetzel, Ph.D.
Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

CORE Advisory Board Members
Linda LaSalle, Ph.D.
Director of Health Promotion & Wellness
Penn State Student Affairs

Erina MacGeorge, Ph.D.
Student Health Research Initiative (SHRI)
Communication Arts and Sciences

Susan McHale, Ph.D.
Social Science Research Institute

Craig Newschaffer, Ph.D.
Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean
College of Health and Human Development

Andrew Read, Ph.D
Huck Institute of the Life Sciences


If $5 and a chance to win an extra $100 isn’t enough to make you want to participate, consider this. Your participation means that you are representing yourself, as an individual. We want to recognize the diversity of student experiences at Penn State and break down stereotypes of college students and their college experiences. Also, your information will help us figure out how Penn State can make your experience even better.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the survey take?
The online survey is brief, taking about 10 minutes to complete. You can take it using any device.

When and how do I get my gift card?
Your $5 gift card will be sent electronically to your Penn State email address within 5 business days of completing the survey.

When do I find out about the extra drawings for the $100 gift cards?
If your email is drawn to receive one of the $100 gift cards, you will find out within 10 business days.

How many people will be taking this survey?
Over 8,000 students from eight Commonwealth campuses (Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Behrend, Berks, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg), and first- and second-year students at UP may be eligible to participate.

Are my data safe?
Yes! The top data security experts at Penn State have been consulted on the safe storage of your data. Further, any identifying information will be stripped from the data set, stored separately, and never shared.

Will Penn State know who I am?
Only the director and project manager of CORE would have the ability to link your data to your identity. This information will be stored in a very safe location and will never be shared.

Why do you want my contact information?
We need to have your PSU email address so that we can send you your gift card! Each person can receive payment only once, and we verify this using your PSUID.

Why are you interested in my future participation in research studies?
Research on college students is critically important. Although it is optional, we hope that you will elect to be contacted in the future about research studies that may be of interest to you. Participation means that your voice will be heard. Your data matter!

Can I take the survey more than once?
No, each student can only be represented once. Your PSUID (e.g., abc1234) is your ticket to participate.

How does participating in research as a college student help society and the field of prevention science?
Your participation can impact more than future student programming at Penn State. Participating in this research study will advance scientific knowledge about young adults today, and what factors in your lives may be linked to more positive experiences. This knowledge ultimately can inform the field of prevention science and fuel science-based programming to promote the well-being of young adults everywhere.

Your voice is valued.

I’d like to participate!

YOU are an important part of the Penn State Community. Share your voice.