U.S. Government Links

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Easily accessible data, aggregated by state and nationally, on all levels of education in the US: e.g., high school and college graduates, enrollments in post-secondary institutions, degrees awarded, distance learning, and income of college graduates.

Integrated Posteducation Data Sharing System (IPEDS)

Data from federally mandated surveys on institutional characteristics, enrollments, finances, staff, tuition and fees, and financial aid for all postsecondary institutions receiving federal funding. IPEDS is the core data collection program for NCES.

College Navigator

A tool to obtain information on any institution. Helpful to parents and prospective students in comparing schools.

Classification of Instructional Programs  (CIP)

System of classifying fields of study by IPEDS for the reporting of majors.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Data on domestic and international resources for science, engineering, and technology.

NSF WebCaspar

Tool to access a large body of statistical data collected by NSF on science and engineering at U.S. academic institutions.

U.S. Census Bureau

Data from the 2000 U.S. census and data at the county and state levels on such topics as income, poverty level, and housing.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)

A national information system providing access to education literature and resources.

Institutional Research Consortia

Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE)

A consortium of 31 private colleges and universities that share data. The Web site lists member institutions and gives access to reports to its members only.

Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS)

A consortium of 141 national and private colleges and universities that share data. The Web site lists member institutions and gives access to reports to its members only.

Accrediting Organization

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

NEASC is the accrediting agency for Wellesley College and other New England public and independent schools, colleges and universities and 117 American/International schools around the globe. The Web site provides information on the accreditation purpose and process.

Other Links

National Collegiate Athletic Association Graduation Rates (NCAA)

Data from NCAA member institutions on admissions, enrollments, graduation rates, academic standards, and degree programs for student athletes by sex, race, and sport.

30 Ways to Rate a College
An in-depth break-down of how each publication (USNWR, Forbes, Washington Monthly, Kiplinger's, Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings) measures and ranks academic institutions.  

Better School Rankings

An interactive web-application which compares side-by-side overall rankings by different methodologies used by publications (USNWR, Forbes, Washington Monthly, Kiplinger's, Parchment) for top liberal arts colleges.