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US Department of Education College Scorecard Data

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, aggregate data, census/enumeration data
  • US Department of Education
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • US Department of Education, IPEDS
Free Keywords
[career planning; , Colleges; , Higher Education; , Schools; , universities; ]
  • Abstract

    The College Scorecard project is designed to increase transparency, putting the power in the hands of students and families to compare how well individual postsecondary institutions are preparing their students to be successful. This project provides data to help students and families compare college costs and outcomes as they weigh the tradeoffs of different colleges, accounting for their own needs and educational goals.
  • Weighting

    Not applicable – see data dictionary for further explanation of included measurements

  • Technical Information

    Response Rates: 3,925 degree granting undergraduate institutions (percentage unknown)
  • Technical Information

    Presence of Common Scales: IPEDS codes used to name and define variables – see data dictionary for full definition

Temporal Coverage
  • 1996-01-01 / 2016-12-31
    Time Period: Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1996--Sat Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2016 (Academic years 1996-1997 through academic year 2015-2016)
  • 1996-01-01 / 2017-12-19
    Collection Date(s): Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1996--Tue Dec 19 00:00:00 EST 2017 (Data collected at the end of each academic year, possibly over the life of data collection. Last updated 2017-12-19. The data change log (included) shows the changes over time.)
Geographic Coverage
  • USA
Sampled Universe

All undergraduate degree-granting institutions of higher education.
Smallest Geographic Unit: Latitude and Longitude points for school locations
No sampling; all degree granting undergraduate institutions in the US.
Collection Mode
  • self-enumerated questionnaire~~

    Collected annually through surveys administered by the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).


Update Metadata: 2018-03-01 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2018-03-01

US Department of Education (2018): US Department of Education College Scorecard Data. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.