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Memorandum for the NCES Review Tracking System (RTS) - IPEDS Data Collection Cycle

2019-20 IPEDS Data Collection: Winter Data Release – Provisional Level

The provisional level data release of the components collected during the winter collection period of the 2019-20 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) does not contain substantive changes in file structure or file documentation compared to the previous year. The data are released to the public through the “Use the Data” portal ( on the IPEDS website. The IPEDS Methodology has been reviewed and approved by the NCES Review Staff and is currently posted on the IPEDS website as a resource for data users.

IPEDS is an annual, large-scale, web-based survey that collects institution-level data from postsecondary institutions in the United States (50 states and the District of Columbia) and other U.S. jurisdictions.1 For more information about the IPEDS Survey, its 12 components, and data release procedures visit This memorandum documents the IPEDS universe of reporting institutions and response to the winter collection period of the 2019-20 IPEDS, which was open from December 11, 2019 to February 22, 2020.

2019-20 IPEDS Universe of Institutions

The IPEDS universe is established during the fall collection period. During the 2019-20 collection year, there were 6,216 Title IV institutions and administrative offices 2 in the United States and other jurisdictions of the United States, such as Puerto Rico. For 2019-20, a total of 509 postsecondary institutions were reported exclusively by a parent institution and are not included in the universe counts. The four U.S. service academies that are not Title IV eligible are included in the IPEDS universe because they are federally funded and open to the public. 3

NCES statistical standards require that the potential for nonresponse bias for all institutions be analyzed for sectors for which the response rate is less than 85 percent. Because response rates were nearly 100 percent for each survey component, no such analysis was necessary.

Table 1 provides an overview of the number of institutions responding to the components that comprise the fall and winter collection periods. This table is updated after each collection period’s data release. Appendix A provides a summary of responses for the previous collection year for comparison purposes. Appendix B shows a table of institutions with Title IV status change 4. Of the 241 institutions that changed Title IV status in 2019-20, 189 were for-profit institutions. Download the memo for further details including Table 1 as well as Appendices A and B.

Table 1. Summary of Response by IPEDS Survey Component, 2019-20 Data Collection

IPEDS Survey Component Number of Institutions
Not required to report 1 Expected to respond Did not respond / Missing data 2 Provided data
Fall Collection Period: September 4, 2019 and October 16, 2019
Institutional Characteristics 0 6,216 0 6,216
Completions 3 0 6,145 1 6,144
12-Month Enrollment 3 7 6,138 2 6,136
Winter Collection Period: December 11, 2019 and February 12, 2020
Admissions 3 4,129 2,016 1 2,015
Graduation Rates 3 646 5,499 5 5,494
200 Percent Graduation Rates 3 1,042 5,103 1 5,102
Outcome Measures 3 2,443 3,702 4 3,698
Student Financial Aid 3 83 6,062 4 6,058
Spring Collection Period: December 11, 2019 and April 8, 2020 (extended to April 22, 2020)
Academic Libraries 3
Fall Enrollment 3
Human Resources


1 Not required to respond to the survey component because the institutions were new, were closed, did not enroll students, or did not meet the criteria for the component (e.g., some components only apply to degree-granting institutions).
2 Due to unit nonresponse, all data were imputed for nonresponding institutions.
3 Does not include the 71 administrative offices.

For any questions related to this data product release, please contact Tara Lawley, IPEDS Program Director, (

1 The other U.S. jurisdictions surveyed in IPEDS are American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
2 Title IV institutions and administrative offices include 6,145 institutions and 71 administrative (central or system) offices. The central and system offices are required to complete the Institutional Characteristics component in the fall, the Human Resources component in the spring, and the Finance component in the spring (if they have their own separate budget).
3 The four U.S. service academies that are not Title IV eligible are the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is Title IV eligible. Data for all five institutions are included in the tables and counts of institutions unless otherwise indicated.
4 An institution may be classified as changing Title IV status for the following reasons: it closed, it no longer provides federal funded financial assistance, it lost Title IV eligibility, it combined or merged with another institution, it is new, it began to provide federal funded financial assistance, or it regained Title IV eligibility.