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Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) XX: Fall Enrollment in Institutions of Higher Education, 1985 (ICPSR 2071)

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


The Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) 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 1985 sought enrollment data from 3,388 institutions of higher education in 50 states, Washington, DC, and outlying territories and gave counts of total enrollments by class level, number of full-time and part-time male and female students enrolled at various levels (graduate, undergraduate, etc.), sex, race, calendar system, type of accreditation, attendance status (full-time versus 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. These data are required by agencies of the legislative and executive branches of state and federal governments, as well as by accrediting agencies, professional organizations, and a number of individual institutions interested in conducting comparative studies.

Series: Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. HIGHER EDUCATION GENERAL INFORMATION SURVEY (HEGIS) XX: FALL ENROLLMENT IN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, 1985. ICPSR02071-v1. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-07-06. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02071.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02071.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic disciplines, accreditation (institutions), 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:   

  • 1985

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985 (Fall 1985)

Universe:    All postsecondary institutions operating during 1985 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 48,046, and the Fall Enrollment Survey forms were mailed to the 3,388 institutions in the HEGIS universe. The final edited data contain 3,130 reporting units, of which 138 were imputed using 1984 data, 89 were imputed using 1983 data, and 31 were zero-filled.


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:   2005-07-06

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