Facts & Figures

Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among higher education data providers and publishers of education guidebooks, represented by the College Board, Peterson’s, and U.S. News & World Report. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided about higher education institutions, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers. Each institution’s CDS consists of series of standardized data items in ten sections:

A. General Information
B. Enrollment and Persistence
C. Freshman Admissions
D. Transfer Admissions
E. Academic Offerings and Policies
F. Student Life
G. Annual Expenses
H. Financial Aid
I. Instructional Faculty and Class Size
J. Degrees Conferred


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