Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a federally required reporting system that includes enrollment, graduation and completion, financial aid, finance, human resources/faculty, library services, and institutional characteristic information.  The IPEDS overview provides information from the required reporting system as well as other sources to assist students when comparing colleges.

College Navigator - Current data publicly available through IPEDS

Survey Definitions/Overview

NCES - National Center for Education Statistics "is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education". NCES

IPEDS Data Feedback Reports

IPEDS Report Year

IPEDS Report Year includes data from the prior academic year and/or corresponding chart years.  All IPEDS reporting is titled with the IPEDS year - this is normally the prior year data.

Example:  2018 report provides information for the 2016-17 academic year and associated reporting for fall cohorts in 2017 as well as outcome data for fall 2010 cohort. 

Please visit the prior IPEDS website to view reports.  This page is in development with an expected launch of late February.  Thank you for your patience.

IPEDS Survey Year

  • 2019-20
  • 2018-19
  • 2017-18
  • 2016-17
  • 2015-16
  • 2014-15
  • 2013-14

IPEDS Survey Year refers to the same academic year for this IPEDS survey with the exception of the cohort data and prior year 12-month enrollment data.

"The primary purpose of the IPEDS Institutional Characteristics (IC) component is to collect basic institutional information including mission, student services, and athletic association. IC also collects student charges data including tuition for different levels and cost data for first-time, full-time students either for programs or for an academic year. This includes tuition and fee data as well as information on the estimated student budgets for students based on living situations (on-campus or off-campus). The cost numbers are also used in the SFA survey during the Winter collection to calculate net price of attendance."" IPEDS


Institutional Characteristics Header

"The primary purpose of the IPEDS Institutional Characteristics Header (IC-H) survey is to collect basic institutional data including control or affiliation, calendar system, and award levels. These data are key to accurate reporting as they are used to determine the reporting for other IPEDS surveys." IPEDS