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Using IPEDS to Compare Institutions

The following tutorial was created to empower you to gather data and compare institutions using the extensive IPEDS database.  A good starting point is to become acquainted with the various IPEDS Survey Components that measure data on tuition and fees, financial aid, enrollment, admissions, retention and graduation rates, degrees awarded by major, human resources, finances, library resources, and outcome measures.  Knowing which survey component has what data you are looking for will help to narrow down the extensive list of data available to you.  This tutorial helps you navigate the website's interface.

 

Tutorial: Using IPEDS to Compare Institutions

1) Navigate to https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/Home/UseTheData

2) Scroll down and click on the “Compare Institutions” link

3) Type in the name of the school you want to compare in the search bar. Click on the link of the school’s name to add it to the list.

Screenshot of IPEDS interface

4) To add more institutions to compare to your selected school, you can look up institutions based on criteria or click the “add” button in the corner.

Screenshot of IPEDS interface

5) After selecting institutions to compare, click on the “Select Variables” button near the top to bring up multiple variables and data available to compare between the schools. Click on the “+” button next to each variable to expand the categories of the data reports that are available.

Screenshot of IPEDS interface

6) When selecting variables, check the boxes next to the years that you want to pull up. Then, check the boxes of the data you want to compare from list of variables that are available. After you have finished selecting the variables, click the “Continue” button.

Screenshot of IPEDS interface

7) You will have a chance to review the variables once more and edit options about the variables you have selected. Once you are finished reviewing the options and editing the variables, click the “Continue” button.

8) Before your data is available, you may choose how to view the data. After selecting your options, click the “Continue” button.

Screenshot of IPEDS interface

9) After receiving your data, you may modify the institutions to compare or the variables you selecting to pull up different data reports for each school.

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