The Common Data Set (CDS) was developed through collaboration among publishers of college guides, colleges and universities, representatives of higher education organizations, high school counselors, and the National Center for Education Statistics. Many of the items and definitions in the Common Data Set are used on the fall surveys of several major publishers. The goal of the CDS is to improve the comparability of data reported by colleges and to ease each institution's burden through asking questions in a standard way across numerous surveys.
Information is presented in the following categories:
- General Information
- Enrollment and Persistence
- First-time, First Year (Freshmen) Admissions
- Transfer Admissions
- Academic Offerings and Policies
- Student Life
- Annual Expenses
- Financial Aid
- Instructional Faculty and Class Size
- Degrees Conferred
For ease in locating information after opening a Common Data Set, click the bookmark icon on the left. This provides for a hyperlinked Table of Contents.
Previous Common Data Sets are available from 2001 to the present. Should you need access to one, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.