Writing Center Usage Data: Fall 2014

Data Analyst: Ben Strauss ’16

Quick Facts:

  • The Writing Center staff conducted 984 conferences
  • 24.7% of visits were first-time visits
  • 317 different students visited the Writing Center

Visitors came with a variety of texts:

Type of TextPercentage
Essays74.70%
Applications5.80%
Comps2.20%
Resumes1.20%
Writing Portfolio0.10%
Other8.70%
[did not fill in]7.30%

Class years of visitors:

Class Year% of students who came (discounting multiple visits)% of students who came (including multiple visits)
201843.00%47.30%
201723.70%20.80%
201614.20%15.90%
201515.10%15.70%

Length of draft:

Length of DraftPercentage
1 to 2 pages24.00%
3 to 5 pages45.30%
6 to 10 pages17.60%
11 to 20 pages1.90%
20+ pages0.70%

Students wanted to discuss:

TopicPercentage
Clarity64.80%
Thesis40.00%
Organization52.30%
Citations10.70%
Brainstorming12.80%
Integration of Ideas19.60%
Proofreading24.00%

The due date of the text visitors were working on:

Days until DuePercentage
Same day15.80%
Tomorrow30.00%
2 days17.30%
3 - 5 days14.70%
A week5.30%
More than a week7.50%

Students scheduled sessions on every day:

Day of WeekPercentage
Monday19.30%
Tuesday17.70%
Wednesday17.20%
Thursday23.20%
Friday10.30%
Saturday*0.30%
Sunday**12.10%

*The Writing Center wasn’t open on Saturday, so this was a reporting error.
**On Sundays, the Writing Center is only open from 9 p.m.-midnight.