Fall Enrollment

Survey Component Overview:
The purpose of the Fall Enrollment component of IPEDS is to collect enrollment data on all students enrolled for credit in courses/programs that could lead to awards ranging from postsecondary certificates of less than 1 year to doctoral degrees. Fall enrollment data are collected by level of student, attendance status, race/ethnicity, and gender. In addition, the Fall Enrollment component collects data on the institution's undergraduate entering class, first-time student retention rates, and the student-to-faculty ratio. Every other year data on enrollment by nine selected fields of study are collected, as is residency of first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students. In opposite years, enrollment by student age is collected.




View Overview Tutorial Script (PDF)​

Data Collection Period
December 12, 2018 –  April 10, 2019 for IPEDS Keyholders.
December 12, 2018 –  April 24, 2019​ for IPEDS Coordinators.

Learn more about the Fall Enrollment (EF) Survey

Video Tutorials (2018-19 tutorials updated in December) 

Retention Rates - Four-year Institutions
Retention Rates - Less-than Four-year Institutions

Explanations and Context Boxes
Fall vs. 12-month Enrollment
Who to Include
 First-time Students

Distance Education



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