IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.  It is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs.  The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions that participate in federal student aid programs report data on enrollments, program, completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid.  These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.

The following IPEDS surveys are those completed and filed each year by the Office of Institutional Research on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh.

Visit IPEDS Survey Components for more information.

Academic Libraries

Information on library collections, library expenses, and library services for libraries in degree-granting postsecondary institutions.


Basic information about the undergraduate selection process for entering first-time, degree/certificate-seeking students.


Collects data on certificate and degree completions by award type.


The number of full- and part-time students enrolled annually in the fall by level, race/ethnicity and gender of student and retention rates.

12 Month Enrollment

Enrollment data for the entire 12 month year.


Includes revenues by source, expenses by function, physical plant assets and indebtedness, and endowment investments.

Financial Aid

The number of full-time, first-time degree and certificate-seeking undergraduate students receiving financial aid, the number of students receiving each type of financial assistance, and the average amount received by type.

Graduation Rates

Graduation rates are reflective of full-time, first-time, degree-/certificate-seeking students who started and finished at the same institution.  Includes the number students completing their program within a time period equal to one and a half times (150%) the normal period of time by race/ethnicity, gender and Pell status.   Includes number of students who transferred to other institutions.

Graduation Rates 200%

Graduation rates data are collected for full-time, first-time degree and certificate-seeking undergraduate students. Includes the number of students completing their program within the time period equal to two times (200%) the normal period of time.

Human Resources

Includes a variety of information on employees and their assigned positions, salaries, hours worked, etc.

Institutional Characteristics

Includes admissions criteria, athletic association, award levels, selected student services, calendar system, tuition, required fees, and room and board charges.

Outcomes Measures

Collects award and enrollment data from degree-granting institutions at two points in time: six-year and eight-year. The four cohorts of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates are: Full-time, first-time entering; Part-time, first-time entering; Full-time, non-first-time entering; and Part-time, non-first-time entering.