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Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) VIII: Opening Fall Enrollment in Higher Education, 1973 (ICPSR 2061)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics


The Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) series was designed to provide comprehensive information on various aspects of postsecondary education in the United States and its territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Marshall Islands) and Department of Defense schools outside the United States. The HEGIS Fall Enrollment Component for 1973 sought enrollment data from 3,015 institutions of higher education both public and nonpublic (2-and 4-year) which is the only survey giving a national count of the numbers of students enrolled in these institutions. The data collected from the 50 states, District of Columbia, and outlying territories give counts of total enrollments by class level, sex, race, calendar system, type of accreditation, attendance status (full time vs. part time) and enrollments of first time students. All of these data are acquired in terms of head counts and full time equivalents, by state.

Series: Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) Series

Access Notes

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. HIGHER EDUCATION GENERAL INFORMATION SURVEY (HEGIS) VIII: OPENING FALL ENROLLMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 1973. ICPSR02061-v2. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics [producer], 1973. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-06-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02061.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02061.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    accreditation (institutions), academic disciplines, colleges, community colleges, demographic characteristics, higher education, postsecondary education, school enrollments, students, universities

Geographic Coverage:    American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Puerto Rico, United States, Virgin Islands of the United States, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1973

Date of Collection:   

  • 1973 (Fall)

Universe:    All postsecondary institutions operating during 1973 in the United States and its territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Marshall Islands) and Department of Defense schools outside of the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The record count for this study is 27,300 and the Fall Enrollment Survey forms were mailed to the 3,015 institutions in the HEGIS Universe.


Weight:    None

Mode of Data Collection:    self-enumerated questionnaires

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-12-17

Version History:

  • 2005-06-09 More detail has been added to the data and the documentation has been updated. SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, SAS transport (XPORT) file, SPSS portable file, and a Stata system file have been added.



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