Dear College Official,

It’s that time again when we request your help in updating your school’s profile in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. By completing the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020 questionnaire and providing comments on your school's write-up, you are ensuring that we have the most up-to-date and accurate information for your school.

Below and on the Instructions page of this website, you will find detailed instructions for accessing and completing the institutional and student questionnaires and providing feedback on your current write-up in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

A few items to remember before you begin:

  • Please use the data from your school’s 2017–2018 Common Data Set.
  • We are offering you the option of emailing your 2017–2018 Common Data Set directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for import into your Fiske Guide 2020 institutional questionnaire. Please keep in mind, however, that only certain questions pull data from your CDS, and you will still be responsible for completing the remaining portions of the questionnaire. 
  • When calculating enrollment numbers, please use full-time, degree-seeking students only. Do not include part-time and/or non-degree-seeking students.
  • Please be sure to complete all questionnaire fields.
  • When your questionnaire is complete and ready to submit, please be sure to proceed to the final window of the questionnaire and click the “submit” button. Your survey will not be considered complete until you click “submit.”
  • We also ask that you offer comments on your school's write-up as it appears in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019. Along with information in your questionnaire, such feedback is a critical part of our updating process that helps us keep your school's profile fresh and timely. Without such feedback, important information not solicited in the questionnaire might be overlooked. Write-ups are available to review now. When you are logged in, you can access the write-up by clicking the "Write-Up" button in the User Menu on the left-hand side of the homepage. 
  • Don't forget to invite 6 to 8 students to complete the student questionnaires at When you are logged in, you will see the Student Access Code displayed in the lower menu on the left-hand side of the homepage; the Student Access Code is also provided to you by email.
  • Please send any contact information changes or updates to Julie Hogan, production coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Note that our system only allows us to save one contact per school.
  • If there are other members of your staff, either within your department or in another department, who will be responsible for completing or contributing to the Fiske Guide 2020 questionnaire, please feel free to share your log-in username and password. You will not need to acquire a secondary username or password for additional staff members. 

New items to note:

  • We have simplified our questions regarding standardized test policies in order to learn whether standardized tests are required, optional, or not used for most domestic students applying as first-time freshmen. We have also provided space for you to describe your institution's test-optional policies, if applicable. 
  • Consistent with the Common Data Set, we are now seeking SAT test score ranges from the New (2016) SAT exam.
  • As a reminder, when providing your closest "peer institutions," we are seeking a list of five schools that you regard as having similar personality and fit as your institution.

Thank you in advance for your time and efforts in updating the information on your school. We look forward to receiving your questionnaires and write-up comments no later than June 1, 2018.


Edward B. Fiske

Editor, Fiske Guide to Colleges