Our Data

Where do we collect our data from?

View content type below to better understand where our content comes from and to better understand how we compile our data sets.

About Our Content and Data:

DotSchols.com content comes from a variety of sources, internal educational market research, internal survey marketing, school administrators, and government databases. This data is then used to generate our rankings and power our school profiles and search tools. If you are a college or university administrator and would like to update your school's information, including photos, videos, and events, please create a free account. Otherwise, if you find a piece of data that is inaccurate or out of date, please contact us.

Factual Information

Our factual information comes from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Department of Education's NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) and IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), the U.S. Census Bureau's Five Year ACS (American Community Survey), NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, Common Data Sets (reports released by some colleges and universities), our site visitor and community (including participating school administrators who update their school’s information on our website).

Data Sources

Data Quality

Our Data is built around people and technology that is agile, analytic and adaptive to cope with the many changes that are taking place in the education environment. We never stop working on improving the quality and effectiveness of our decision management systems to keep learning from what works and what does not work to continuously improve with each new data set we input. To ensure our data reflects the human touch, we manually review and fix (where appropriate) as much data as we can to present our data as accurate and meaningful as possible.


Our reviews are written based off of in depth examination and study of factual information from all educational and occupational resources.


Content on college majors comes from many of the same sources as our school content, including IPEDS, student surveys, and school administrators, as well as a few additional sources, such as the U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET, and state/regional organizations.

Scholarship Listings

Any scholarship information we obtain may come from online resources such as: Federal Student Aid, the National Science Foundation and The Federal Trade Commission.

Job Listings

Our Jobs database is aggregated from a number of online job boards, to help us keep one of the largest and most up-to-date jobs board databases available.

U.S. Only:

All reports are for graduates of schools from the United States who work in the United States. This sample does not include U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico or Guam.

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