Institutional Characteristics Header (IC Header)

Survey Component Overview:
The IPEDS Institutional Characteristics Header (IC Header) survey component is the starting point for the annual cycle of IPEDS reporting and must be locked before any other survey components can be started. IC Header was first introduced during the 2010-11 IPEDS cycle and includes questions that were previously found in the Institutional Characteristics (IC) survey component. IC Header collects basic institutional data, including:

  • Educational Offerings
  • Institutional Control and Affiliation
  • Award Levels
  • Calendar System
  • Enrollment Levels Offered (excluding Estimated Fall Enrollment)
  • Graduation Rate Cohort
Responses to the IC Header survey component determine the applicability and versions of the remaining IPEDS survey components. Therefore, IPEDS Keyholders will find it helpful to have this information in the data collection system as early as possible. Much of the basic information about an institution that is displayed on the College Navigator website comes from the IC Header component.




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Data Collection Period:
August 9 – October 18, 2017 for IPEDS Keyholders.
August 9 – November 1, 2017 for IPEDS Coordinators.

Institutions are encouraged, but not required, to complete the IC-Header component during the Keyholder Registration Period. IC Header must be locked before any other survey components can be started.

Learn more about 2017-18 IPEDS Collection changes​

Video Tutorials




This tutorial discusses how to create an IPEDS
reporting map for additional institution locations.

This tutorial explains the difference
between academic and program reporters.


This tutorial explains institutional control and
its impact on other IPEDS survey components.

Control.jpg ​This tutorial explains open admission policies.