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IPEDS Reports

What is IPEDS?
IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. It is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education’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.

How is IPEDS Used?
IPEDS provides basic data needed to describe — and analyze trends in — postsecondary education in the United States, in terms of the numbers of students enrolled, staff employed, dollars expended, and degrees earned. Congress, federal agencies, state governments, education providers, professional associations, private businesses, media, students and parents, and others rely on IPEDS data for this basic information on postsecondary institutions.

IPEDS forms the institutional sampling frame for other NCES postsecondary surveys, such as the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study and the National Survey of Postsecondary Faculty.

Which Institutions Report to IPEDS?
The completion of all IPEDS surveys is mandatory for institutions that participate in or are applicants for participation in any federal student financial aid program (such as Pell grants and federal student loans) authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 USC 1094, Section 487(a)(17) and 34 CFR 668.14(b)(19)).

More than 7,500 institutions complete IPEDS surveys each year. These include research universities, state colleges, and universities, private religious and liberal arts colleges, for-profit institutions, community and technical colleges, nondegree-granting institutions such as beauty colleges, and others.
What Data are Collected in IPEDS?
IPEDS collects data on postsecondary education in the United States in eight areas:
  • institutional characteristics
  • institutional prices
  • admissions
  • enrollment
  • student financial aid
  • degrees and certificates conferred
  • student persistence and success
  • academic libraries, institutional, and human fiscal resources
For more information see the IPEDS website.