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Selected Sites for Comparative Data

Common Data Set Initiative (CDS)

The CDS is a long-standing project to provide a core set of primary annual data reported in a standardized form from colleges and universities to college guidebooks and other public entities.  Information covered in the CDS includes: detailed data on various aspects of enrollment, extensive basic data on both admissions and financial aid, retention and graduation, faculty, class size, and graduates and earned majors.  See Vassar's CDS data on this website. 

Chronicle of Higher Education Facts and Figures

Search extensive national datasets on institutions of higher education.  Includes data on topics such as endowment market values (past 10 years), faculty salaries and race/ethnic backgrounds, tuition and costs of attendance, enrollments, etc.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)  The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education, K-12, undergraduate, and graduate.  Links on the top navigation bar for topics such as "Surveys & Programs," particularly post-secondary surveys, "Data Tools," and "Fast Facts" provide useful information.  Also, see IPEDS, immediately below.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

IPEDS is the primary central national data resource on each accredited U.S. institution of higher education.  IPEDS data collection and provision are conducted annaully by the U.S. Department of Educaiton.  IPEDS annual data collections include extensive data on:  enrollment, finances, graduates and earned majors, graduation rates, admissions, financial aid, academic libraries, human resources (employees), and other institutional characteristics.  Most IPEDS data are available online for at least the most recent 15 years, and many online time-series extend back 30 years or more.  All IPEDS data are fully public domain.

College InSight

See Vassar's College InSight Information.
From the website: "Puts selected higher education data at your fingertips. Browse and compare information on colleges and universities concerning affordability, diversity, and student success, enrollments, and debt."  (Caution: data may not be fully up to date with those currently available.) Developed and provided by TICAS, The Institute for College Access and Success.

College Results Online

See Vassar's College Results Online Information.
College Results Online takes public data from U.S. Department of Education databases and provides it in a simple interface making it easy to select and compare several colleges on a number of key statistics. College Results Online was developed by the Education Trust to help students and parents examine college graduation rates and related variables. It allows users to:

  • Examine overall graduation rates and see how those rates have changed over time
  • Learn about universities' records graduating diverse groups of students
  • Compare the graduation rates of similar institutions — colleges and universities that share many characteristics and serve similar student populations


See Vassar's College Navigator Information.
Developed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to provide an extensive core set of statistics compiled from several Federally mandated public surveys. Designed primarily for prospective students and parents, all users may search for colleges that meet various criteria, and they cay easily compare results for up to four colleges side by side. Provides IPEDS-based data on costs of attendance, financial aid, enrollment, admissions, retention and graduation rates, programs and majors, varsity athletics, accreditation, campus security, and federal loans.  Can also be used as a generalized data source for individual U.S. colleges and universities.