The Common Data Set is a collaboration between university representatives and publishers of college guidebooks (U.S. News & World Report, College Board, and Peterson's). Colleges and universities across the country complete the CDS questions each year, using standard definitions that aid comparisons between institutions, and submit them for inclusion in college guidebooks. The CDS is organized into the following sections:
A. General InformationB. Enrollment and Persistence (including retention and graduation rates)C. First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) AdmissionD. Transfer AdmissionE. Academic Offerings and PoliciesF. Student LifeG. Annual Expenses (i.e., tuition and fees)H. Financial AidI. Instructional Faculty and Class SizeJ. Degrees Conferred
If you have questions about how to use or interpret the Common Data Set, visit http://www.commondataset.org or contact the Office of Institutional Research.