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Completions (C)
Completions (C)

IPEDS collects data on the number of students who complete a postsecondary education program (completers) and the number of postsecondary awards earned (completions). Business and industry, the military, and other groups that need to recruit individuals with particular skills use these data extensively.

Data collected include:

  • Completions by field of study, award level, recipient race/ethnicity and gender;
  • Completers by race/ethnicity, gender, and age (collected at the total as well as by award level); and
  • Whether programs are offered via distance education

Field of study is categorized according to the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP), a detailed coding system for postsecondary instructional programs.

Data Presentation

Source: IPEDS 2020-21 Fall surveys, Data Release Web tables, Completions component (provisional data),
Source: IPEDS Trend generator using Completions survey component data, 2009-10, 2014-15, and 2019-20:

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