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 and 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. Common Data Set items undergo broad review by the advisory board and data providers representing secondary schools and two- and four-year colleges.

The CDS is a set of standards and definitions of data items and those who report data for their colleges are urged to abide by the definitions and the cohorts specified when answering CDS items. They are also urged to use the answers to CDS items when responding to the numerous survey requests they receive and disseminate the information by posting them on their websites.

Common Data Sets, Fall 1999-Fall 2016

Common Data Set, Fall 2016 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2015 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2014 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2013 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2012 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2011 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2010 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2009 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2008 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2007 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2006 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2005 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2004 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2003 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2001 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 2000 (PDF)

Common Data Set, Fall 1999 (PDF)