Common Data Sets

The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers.  As such, each CDS is a standard set of data updated annually that is shared and compared throughout the undergraduate higher education community. 

Each CDS consists of ten main sections and a set of definitions.  Sections include A. General Information, B. Enrollment, C. First Year Admissions, D. Transfer Admissions, E. Academic Offerings and Policies, F. Student Life, G. Annual Expenses, H. Financial Aid, I. Instructional Faculty and Class Size, and J. Degrees Conferred.

Common Data Set 2013-2014

Common Data Set 2012-2013

Common Data Set 2011-2012

Common Data Set 2010-2011

Common Data Set 2009-2010

Common Data Set 2008-2009

Common Data Set 2007-2008

Common Data Set 2006-2007

Common Data Set 2005-2006