Timing of IPEDS Preliminary and Provisional First Look Publications and Data Release
The process for publicly releasing IPEDS data consists of two steps: 1) issuing a Preliminary First Look, which contains edited, but not imputed data, and 2) later issuing a Provisional First Look, which contains fully edited and imputed data. Final data are published after institutions have had a chance to revise what they reported in the following year; these data are not issued with a First Look report.
The timing of the releases can vary somewhat depending on the nature of the internal process, but generally will follow this timetable:
||Final (Revised) data
||IC, C, E12
||Approximately 9 months after collection closes
||Approximately 9 months after institutions have revised their data the following year
||ADM, GR, SFA, OM
||EF, F, HR, AL
First Look report released?
The current review process has been in use since 2012, and continues to undergo improvements. However, approval of the data release is subject to multiple steps in the review process and unanticipated delays can occur. The goal of NCES is to maintain or improve the timeliness of data release on an annual basis. For additional information, refer to the
Data Collection and Release Procedures Brochure.