Common Data Set

The Common Data Set is a questionnaire developed by the College Board, in conjunction with universities and publishers, which standardizes core reporting metrics across U.S. universities.

The Common Data Set provides information on the following topics:

  • A. General Information about the University of Arizona
  • B. Enrollment and Persistence
  • C. First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) Admission
  • D. Transfer Admission
  • E. Academic Offerings and Policies
  • F. Student Life
  • G. Annual Expenses - tuition, fees, room and board
  • H. Financial Aid
  • I. Instructional Faculty and Class Size, Student to Faculty ratio
  • J. Undergraduate Degrees Conferred - by area of study

This nationally known survey is a useful tool for prospective students and their parents, as well as a means for universities to easily compare themselves with peer institutions. This questionnaire is used by various publishers as a primary data source for ranking and comparing undergraduate institutions.


Definitions of the terms used in the CDS are at the end of the .pdf files.