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Common Data Sets

The Common Data Set* is a set of standards and definitions of data items and specific cohort definitions for a specific academic year rather than a survey instrument or set of data represented in a database.

 

*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). Universities across the country complete the CDS questions each year, using standard definitions that aid comparisons between schools, and submit them for inclusion in college guidebooks.