Students give UC high marks for safety amid pandemic

Sign outside COVID-19 testing site on campus.

An overwhelming majority of Utica College students (89%) who completed the survey said they believed the institution kept them safe and healthy.

Utica College received top marks for keeping its students safe and healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new national survey among higher education institutions.

The survey, administered in November to first and second year students in order to gather information about their student experience, was part of the National Survey of Student Engagement, involving 181 institutions throughout the country as well as 9 institutions in Canada.

An overwhelming majority of Utica College students (89%) who completed the survey said they believed the institution kept them safe and healthy. That’s in comparison to 70% of respondents from all the institutions that participated in the study.

Students’ highest level of satisfaction had to do with Utica College’s efforts and ability to hold in-person classes on campus throughout the fall semester thanks to its aggressive testing required of every student, faculty, and staff member each week and its countless mitigation efforts. Second to that was the quality of the educational experiences they were receiving, rating their experience as either “Good” or “Excellent.”