Data Collection Comparison: Peterson's vs. IPEDS

With over 50 years of experience collecting and publishing the industry’s most accurate and objective education data, Peterson’s offers the most comprehensive college and university data sets available in the market today.

Here’s an overview of the differences in data collection between Peterson’s Education Data and IPEDS:



Peterson’s Education Data



Real-time data

Peterson’s engages with institutions to collect and update their data on a regular basis. We have a research team dedicated to collecting this information and publishing it quickly.

Runs 12 -18 months Behind Periodic surveys reported by institutions are published a year behind and no service team.


More disaggregation for cutting data
We use IPEDS as a reference point, but offer more categorical variables to slice your data.

Basic level directory information and variables

What you see is what you get.


More variables to measure what you’re looking for
Our data includes information you will find in IPEDS, the CDS, as well as data available nowhere else.

Higher level and less variables available

What you see is what you get.


Dedicated research team
We have a dedicated team constantly in contact with institutions to keep their data updated.

No research contacts or services

What you see is what you get.


Data as an asset

Your data support team is dedicated to helping you make the most of your data. We can perform custom projects and extracts to make sure you have what you need.

No service element

What you see is what you get.

Jack Tynan
Business Development Manager


If you want a full technical analysis, please reach out to Jack who can provide more specific analysis.

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