Using the Classifications Web Site

The Classifications section of this Web site provides a variety of tools for viewing and using the Carnegie Classifications, as well as extensive documentation and related information. All of these are available from the menus that appear underneath the "Classifications" header above, and also from the Classifications menu item in the main navigation bar at the top of each page. These menus and tools are described below.

Lookup & Listings

These tools provide access to institution listings and to each institution's summary display, which provides basic descriptive information plus the institution's classification profile.
From any listing, users can:
  • view the institution display by clicking its name
  • sort the listing according to name, control, or location by clicking the column heading
  • filter the listing according to level, control, accreditation, state, region, urbanicity, or population served by clicking "filter results" at the top of the listing
  • render the listing in printer-friendly format (opens in a new window)
  • download the listing in CSV format (which can be opened in a spreadsheet program, such as Excel).

Standard Listings

Generate a list of institutions organized by single classification category. Users first choose the classification of interest, then the desired category within the selected classification. (For a spreadsheet file containing all institutions and all classifications, see Downloads.)

Custom Listings

Generate a list of institutions that combines classifications and/or classification categories. With this tool, users can aggregate categories within a given classification (OR logic within classifications), identify institutions that are similarly classified on two or more classifications (AND logic between classifications), or do both to create a custom listing of institutions.

Institution Lookup

Find a particular institution by keyword or by first letter. In addition to descriptive information and classifications, the institution display offers some custom listing functionality through check boxes and a "find similar" button. However, Custom Listings provides greater flexibility because users can aggregate categories within a classification or across different classifications. 

Classification Descriptions

Descriptions and category definitions for each classification.


Methodologies whereby institutions were assigned to classification categories and the data sources used.

Summary Tables

Summary tables for each classification detailing the distribution of institutions and enrollments, and average enrollment, by classification category and control. Tables can be rendered in printer-friendly format or downloaded in CSV format (which can be opened in a spreadsheet program, such as Excel).


Downloadable data files and documentation, revision history, signup for the Classifications mailing list, and external links of interest to users.


Classifications program staff members.

News & Announcements

INTERIM SITE – Please note that this site is being made available while in the process of transitioning to its new home at the IU Center for Postsecondary Research. For questions, please contact

Articles related to the move of the Classifications to the IU Center for Postsecondary Research

New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) has released the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. A total of 240 institutions were selected to receive this voluntary designation, joining 121 institutions that were so designated in 2010.