The database has information on significant buildings, landscapes, campus plans, and heritage sites of American higher education. The Council of Independent Colleges received grants from the Campus Heritage Initiative of the Getty Foundation to document nearly 2,000 places of historical significance on campuses. The HCAP includes more than 4,300 images relating to these sites. There are 370 institutions represented thus far.
Visitors to the site can find institutions or places in a particular state or region; seek information about a specific type of architecture, designer, or time period; or gather data for future research.
The CIC HCAP survey data and website were developed to help various constituencies gain an awareness of and appreciation for campus history and also to learn from the architecture and landscape preservation efforts made by institutions.