Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Topic/focus: Other
Year(s): 1980 - 2010
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Study and sample characteristics: Raw survey data
Universe: Primary post-secondary education providers
Variables: 200+
Access: Publically available
Cost: Free
Key web links: National Center for Education Statistics: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: The IPEDS is the NCES's core postsecondary education data collection program. It is a single, comprehensive data collection system developed to encompass all institutions and organizations that provide postsecondary education as their primary goal. The IPEDS is a system of surveys built to collect institution-level data in such areas as enrollment, program completions, faculty and staff, and financing.