Common Data Set (CDS)

The Common Data Set (CDS) represents a collaborative initiative between publishers and the higher education community in order to improve quality and accuracy of institution-specific data provided to publishers, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers.

Accordingly, the CDS is a collection of standard data items and definitions that are used by the higher education community and publishers. Publishers (of college guides, etc.) and others requesting specific institutional data typically use CDS data items as part of their surveys.


The Common Data Set for the most current academic year available is posted below, broken down by section.

Part A: General Information 2016-17* 2015-16* 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Part B: Enrollment and Persistence 2016-17* 2015-16* 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Part C: First-Time, First-Year Admission 2016-17* 2015-16* 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Part D: Transfer Admissions 2016-17* 2015-16* 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Part E: Academic Offerings and Policies 2016-17* 2015-16* 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Part F: Student Life 2016-17* 2015-16* 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Part G: Annual Expenses 2016-17* 2015-16* 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Part H: Financial Aid 2016-17* 2015-16* 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Part I: Instructional Faculty and Class Size 2016-17* 2015-16* 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Part J: Degrees Conferred 2016-17* 2015-16* 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12

* Sweet Briar College remained open with all of its programs intact following the unexpected announcement on March 3, 2015 that the College would cease operations in August 2015. While the College is well on its way to a complete recovery and expects each year to show improvement, please take into account that the announcement impacted the College in many ways reflected in the figures reported above.

Please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness for information or data contained in┬áprevious CDS files. For general information about the CDS, please consult the initiative’s website.