The Colleges dataset provides a series of polygonal boundaries around two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Colleges with enrollment greater than 200 students are included. The boundaries reflect main and satellite campuses.

Buildings or other properties associated with a college or university are included within a boundary only if they are adjacent to or nearby the campus. Isolated or sparse buildings that are separate from a main or satellite campus are generally not included as they do not typically represent areas where students live or gather.

In cases where separate facilities draw concentrations of students, an additional polygon record is created. Some colleges comprise more than one polygon to represent multiple or geographically dispersed campuses.


  • Brand engagement: Target students where they are, on their terms, through geo-advertising and mobile messaging.
  • Emergency response and crisis management: Provide first responders with immediate access to the campus information needed to respond quickly and effectively to human and natural disasters. Reliable information plays a crucial role in creating a data-driven emergency response system, minimizing on-campus risk.


  • Attributes such as alternate names, satellite campus names as well as address and contact information
  • Alternate IDs: 
    • IPEDS: Identification number for US colleges and universities as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
    • OPE: Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education ID number that is used to identify schools eligible for federal student financial assistance
  • Change table detailing of adds/deletes/changes from last release
  • Quarterly updates detailing where changes and coverage expansion have occurred


  • Provides polygons for nearly 4,300 colleges and universities across the United States


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