Common Data Set

The Common Data Set Initiative is a collaborative effort between publishers and the educational community to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the burden on colleges of compiling and reporting information. Questions and definitions used by the U.S. Department of Education in its college surveys are a guide in the development of CDS items. Common Data Set items undergo broad review by secondary schools and two-and four-year colleges. The following content is contained in each year's CDS:


A) General Information
B) Enrollment and Persistence
C) First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) Admission
D) Transfer Admission
E) Academic Offerings and Policies
F) Student Life
G) Annual Expenses
H) Financial Aid
I) Instructional Faculty and Class Size
J) Disciplinary Areas of Degrees Conferred

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To access Common Data Set information from earlier years, please contact the IR staff.