College Scorecard Data

Change Log

This page includes a description and timeline for the changes that have been made to either the College Scorecard tool or to the underlying data. Check back for updates to learn more about the updates and improvements we have made.

On September 30, 2019, the Department updated metrics related to IPEDS by switching from IPEDS Preliminary release data for the 2017-18 year to Provisional release data. This change impacted many IPEDS-based metrics and removed 3 closed institutions from the data files.

On October 30, 2018, the Department updated the College Scorecard website with the third installment of its annual refresh that includes newer, updated data for metrics derived from the NSLDS. In addition to the updated NSLDS metrics, key changes include:

  • Pooled, suppressed versions of metrics derived from the IPEDS Outcome Measures component (percentages of students who completed an award at the institution, who were still enrolled at the institution, who transferred to another institution, and whose status was unknown) were added to the API and downloadable data files.
  • Pooled, suppressed versions of the retention and transfer rates were updated to reflect 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, and 2013-14 data.

For more information about the College Scorecard data, click here to see our data documentation. You can also learn more about the data through our full Documentation Report and the Data Dictionary.

For those who want to understand more about ways to use the data, the 2015 Technical Paper offers an in-depth exploration of the data and methodologies considered and used for this project.