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Benchmark Reports

These reports provide comparative data from The Cost Study.  Click on each link below to read more about each report and decide which benchmarks are best for your institution!

  • Norms (Norm Tables, Ratio Tables, Quartiles):  Norms are the final comparative results from each study year, presented at the 2-digit and 4-digit CIP level.  Institutions have access to the norms from each year they participate in The Cost Study.  Data in the norms is considered a frozen file at the time the norms are released, typically in July each year (though preliminary norms are released in May). Comparative values are available for three norm groups: Carnegie, Highest Degree, and Percent Undergrad.
  • Peer Analyses: Participants have the option to request our Standard Peer Analysis or our new Program-Specific Peer Analyses.  Customize the peer analyses with self-selected peers through our online portal.  The Cost Study team can also provide data-informed peer groups by request.
  • Three-Year-Average Report: The three-year-average report for Table 3 and Table 4 is beneficial to institutions because it provides comparative data earlier in the study cycle (typically around February / March) once an institution’s data has been validated and approved by The Cost Study team. These benchmark values are calculated averages from all the programs reported at the same CIP4 level over the previous three study years.