ACT Institutional Data Questionnaire
A free survey that helps higher education institutions share information with millions of prospective students.
Reaching More Prospective Students
Help students learn more about your institution
Attracting students to your institution means giving them the most up-to-date information about what you can offer them. The ACT Institutional Data Questionnaire contains information for nearly 4,000 two-year and four-year colleges and universities, including data about:
- Financial aid
- Student affairs
- Academic programs
Be sure to complete the ACT Institutional Data Questionnaire each year to give students the most current information about your campus. Check out our answers to the questions below to learn more about how to use the questionnaire—and what it can do for your institution.
When you update information in the ACT Institutional Data Questionnaire, you can get the latest into students’ hands—at no cost to your institution—through ACT score reports, the ACT student website, and other ACT services.
- The ACT Student Report contains college information from the ACT Institutional Data Questionnaire to help students make informed decisions about their college options.
- The ACT High School Report displays questionnaire information to facilitate conversations between students and their high school counselors about their postsecondary plans.
- Your official decision about requiring or recommending the ACT with writing is posted on the ACT website.
... with the most up-to-date information?
Every winter, ACT invites you to update your ACT Institutional Data Questionnaire. The contact for your institution plays a critical role in providing comprehensive, accurate information to millions of high school students, their counselors, and their families.
To update your institution’s data, please go to https://actapps.act.org/idq/. Login information is emailed in January of each year to the contact on record. The system is open for submissions each year between the end of January and the middle of April. To assist you, we take your current questionnaire data and display it on the same page you will use to enter new information. When possible, we also include data from your institution’s submissions to the federal government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
Our online questionnaire starts with general information about the service. You may also want to consider joining the listserv to share any questions you might have with the community of users. ACT staff also can assist you by phone or through email.
You do not have to complete the questionnaire by yourself. You can share your login information with appropriate staff from admissions, financial aid, housing, student services, or other departments, allowing them to complete sections of the questionnaire. The system saves your data as you move from page to page. Each user should use the logout button at the top of the screen to leave the system.
Whether you complete the questionnaire yourself or have other departments contribute, as the contact at your institution, you control when your updates are submitted. After all the updates have been made and you have reviewed the information, simply click the “Submit All Data” button.
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Email ACT-IDQ@act.org, call 319.341.2634, or follow the link below for help joining the listserv.
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