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Resources and Surveys

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. It is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions that participate in federal student aid programs report data on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search Web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.


IPEDS Data Center

Data going back to 2001 for most institutions nationwide can be found at the IPEDS Data Center.

IPEDS Trend Generator

The IPEDS Trend Generator offers increased flexibility to access select IPEDS data over time. Data currently available include institutional characteristics, enrollment, awards conferred, graduation rates, employment, and institutional revenue. The tool allows users to create tables or trend charts and to select how to display the data.

IPEDS Data Feedback Reports

The Data Feedback Report creates a compilation of facts at a glance about any institution's IPEDS submissions in a given year.


IPEDS Training and Resources

Association for Institutional Research (AIR) IPEDS Resources

  • The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) offers IPEDS training and information at no charge to participants through face-to-face workshops and online tutorials. Funding for this work comes from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

IPEDS Glossary

  • The online version of the IPEDS Glossary provides definitions for almost 500 postsecondary-related terms used in the collection and dissemination of IPEDS data.

NCES College Navigator

  • College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about over 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States - such as programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety, and accreditation.