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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–Thomson Learning, U.S. News & World Report, and Wintergreen/Orchard House. 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.

The CDS contains data on such topics as admissions, enrollment, retention, classes, activities, policies, and costs for each contributing institution.

Questions or comments about the CDS may be sent to the College Board at

Common Data Set 2012 – 2013

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