The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) is a national longitudinal study of the American higher education system. Established in 1966, the CIRP is the nation’s largest and oldest empirical study of higher education, involving data on some 1,800 institutions and over 11 million students. It is regarded as the most comprehensive source of information on entering freshman college students. The annual report of the CIRP Freshman Survey provides normative data on each year’s new entering freshman students, in total nationwide, and for many sub-groups by type of institution.
Carleton College has administered the CIRP Freshman Survey since 1966. Carleton currently administers this survey every other year.