Common Data Set

What is the 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. Common Data Set items undergo broad review by the CDS Advisory Board as well as by data providers representing secondary schools and two- and four-year colleges. Feedback from those who utilize the CDS also is considered throughout the annual review process.

The CDS is a set of standards and definitions of data items rather than a survey instrument or set of data represented in a database. Each of the higher education surveys conducted by the participating publishers incorporates items from the CDS as well as unique items proprietary to each publisher. Consequently, the publishers' surveys differ in that they utilize varying numbers of items from the CDS" (Common Data Set Initiative)


Princeton University Common Data Set

The Office of the Registrar provides Common Data set information back to the 2001-2002 academic year, 2011-2012 through 2015-2016 is shown below.

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017


Common Data Set Postings at Selected Institutions (5 most recent years)

Brown University

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

California Institute of Technology

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

Cornell University

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

Dartmouth College

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

Harvard University

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2013-2014

2014-2015

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

Stanford University

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

University of Pennsylvania

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

Washington University in St. Louis

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

Yale University 

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017