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Fall Enrollment (EF)
Fall Enrollment (EF)

Fall enrollment is a measure of student access to higher education at traditional institutions. Data are collected for all students enrolled in credit-bearing courses/programs which could potentially lead to awards ranging from postsecondary certificates of less than 1 year to doctoral degrees.

Data collected include:

  • Full- and part-time students enrolled in the fall by level, race/ethnicity, and gender;
  • Residence and high school graduation status of first-time undergraduate students (in even years);
  • Age of students (in odd years);
  • First-time retention rates;
  • Student-to-faculty ratio; and
  • Students enrolled in distance education.

In even-numbered years, four-year institutions are also required to provide enrollment data by level, race/ethnicity, and gender for 9 selected fields of study for the Office for Civil Rights.

Data Presentation

Source: IPEDS 2020-21 Spring surveys, Data Release Web tables, Fall Enrollment survey component (provisional data),
Source: 2021 Condition of Education using Spring 2020 Fall Enrollment survey component data (provisional), Characteristics of Postsecondary Students indicator,
Source: IPEDS Trend generator using Fall 2020 Enrollment component (provisional data):

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