2012-2013 Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is 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 reporting burden on data providers. 

This goal is attained by the development of clear, standard data items and definitions in order to determine a specific cohort relevant to each item. Data items and definitions used by the U.S. Department of Education in its higher education surveys often serve as a guide in the continued development of the CDS. 

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