The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Centerregularly publishes research that supports education, workforce, and learner success. Our research offers objective data and insights about student enrollment, mobility, completion, and other important student outcomes that are visible only through the Clearinghouse data. Our nationwide network of over 3,600 postsecondary institutions provides up-to-date student-level data that represents 97 percent of the postsecondary enrollment today. Our publications are to benefit and better inform the education community, policymakers, business leaders, and other community leaders

Publication Series

Current Term Enrollment Estimates

Latest enrollment estimates for the spring of 2023 nationally and by state, reported on by institution types, student groups, and major fields.

Last Published May 24, 2023


Decline in postsecondary enrollment, both undergraduate and graduate, from a year ago

Some College, No Credential

This report series seeks to understand the educational trajectories of millions of U.S. adults who left postsecondary education without receiving a credential and are no longer enrolled.

Last Published April 25, 2023


Some College, No Credential population as of July 2021, up 1.4M from previous year

Yearly Success and Progress Rates

Year-by-year rates of persistence, transfer, completion, and stop-out can help states and institutions better identify effective intervention points to increase student success.

Last Published April 4, 2023


Part-time beginning students no longer enrolled anywhere two years later

Stay Informed with the Latest Enrollment Information – Spring 2023

This report series continues to enable educational and policy leaders to make informed decisions through timely enrollment trend reporting that began with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Published March 29, 2023

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No change in postsecondary enrollment from a year earlier (as of 2/23/2023)

Undergraduate Degree Earners

Insights into undergraduate credential earners in the 2021-22 academic year by demographic and educational profiles.

Last Published March 16, 2023


Decline in college graduates from a year ago

Transfer and Progress

A new series on pandemic recovery, enduring enrollment impacts for economically disadvantaged students, and early outcomes for pandemic-impacted community college beginners.

Last Published March 9, 2023


Fewer community college students transferring to four-year colleges compared to fall 2020

Completing College

Provides a comprehensive overview of postsecondary completion trends nationally and by state. For all students who enter postsecondary education for the first time each year, it examines the diverse pathways the student traversed toward completion, as well as a degree or certificate completion rate within six and eight years of enrolling.

Last Published November 29, 2022


The national 6-year college completion rate, counting all students at all institutions

College Closures and Student Outcomes

A national view of how students are affected by college closures, detailing the subsequent enrollment pathways and completions of more than 143,000 students that attended 467 closed campuses. Two follow-up reports will examine the causal effect of closures and how the adverse impacts can be mitigated by state policies.

Published November 15, 2022


Reenrollment rate following a campus closure

High School Benchmarks

Provides the most current data on high school graduates’ postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion outcomes.

Last Published October 27, 2022



Immediate college-going rate for low-income high school graduates, a 2 pp drop from the previous year

Tracking Transfer

Latest six-year baccalaureate degree completion rate for transfer students from two- to four-year institutions is reported for the 2015 cohort of first-time degree-seeking students, analyzed by student SES and institutional characteristics.

Last Published September 20, 2022

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Community college beginners earning a BA in six years, an increase of 1 percentage point over last year

COVID-19: Transfer, Mobility, and Progress

Recognizing the urgency of COVID-19’s impact on students and institutions, these reports disseminate rapid response information to identify trends and raise areas of concern early enough for education and policy leaders to take corrective actions quickly.

Last Published September 13, 2022

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Total two-year loss of transfer students during pandemic

Postsecondary Data Partnership Insights

The 2022 PDP Insights report focuses on two primary metrics: students’ first year credit completion ratio (CCR) and credit accumulation rate (CAR). These early momentum measures can offer insights into students’ progression toward degree completion and provide indicators of when and where gaps in ultimate degree attainment between groups may begin.

Published August 2, 2022


Credits earned, on average, out of all attempted by students

Persistence and Retention

This report series helps institutions understand first-year college persistence and retention patterns and identify disparities between different students, institutions, or states in this important early success indicator.

Last Published June 28, 2022


First-year persistence rate for fall 2020 starters, up 1.1 percentage points over the previous cohort

Upcoming Publications


Persistence and Retention

FALL 2023

High School

FALL 2023

Stay Informed: First Look Fall ’23 Enrollment 

Current Initiatives

DEI Data Lab diverse students

DEI DATA LAB: A Collaborative to Advance Student Outcomes

Learn, share, and collaborate to give all students an equal opportunity to earn a degree. The National Student Clearinghouse® created the DEI Data Lab to share our nation-leading data on higher education, highlight evidence-based solutions, and encourage problem-solving partnerships.

Postsecondary Data Partnership Pilot

Postsecondary Data Partnership

The Postsecondary Data Partnership is a nationwide initiative to help colleges and universities more efficiently gain a fuller picture of student progress and outcomes, meet various reporting requirements, and focus more of their resources on using data to help students.

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