Your Standard MSL School Report compares data from your institution to the national sample. Your institution will also be compared against four other groups. You may choose from:

Comparison Groups

Comparative Sample

Compare your random sample against the comparative sample.


If you participated in a coalition, compare your results against the coalition’s collective data.

IPEDS Categories

Compare your institution against other schools with similar characteristics. The options are:

  • Enrollment Size
    • small, medium, large
  • Carnegie Classification
    • Associates, Baccalaureate, Masters, Doctoral/Research, Research (Very High)
  • School Control
    • Public, Private
  • School Affiliation
    • Religious, Secular
  • Campus Setting
    • Town, Rural, Suburban, City
  • Barron’s Selectivity
    • Non-competitive, Less competitive, Competitive, Very Competitive, Highly Competitive, Most Competitive

Schools are classified according to data from the US Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges.

Custom Benchmark Group

If you are not part of a coalition but would like to compare your school against a specific group of institutions, you may create a Custom Benchmark Group for an additional fee. For more information, please see the Additional Reporting Services.

Example Custom Report

An example Standard MSL School Report is available here. Please note that this is a large file.