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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, 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.

The CDS information is divided into ten categories:

Section A. General Information
Mailing addresses, institutional classification, academic calendar year, and degrees offered.

Section B. Enrollment and Persistence
Fall enrollment data, degrees awarded, graduation rates, and retention rates.

Section C. First-time, First-year (Freshmen) Admission
Degree-seeking, first-time, first-year students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled; admissions requirements; freshmen profile; and admissions policies.

Section D. Transfer Admission
Transfer students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled; transfer admissions and credit policies.

Section E. Academic Offerings and Policies
Programs offered at the University of Mississippi, areas in which students are required to complete coursework prior to graduation, and library collection data.

Section F. Student Life
Freshmen and undergraduate demographic statistics, summary of activity programs available at UM, ROTC information, and housing information.

Section G. Annual Expenses
Full-time undergraduate annual expenses and per-credit-hour charges.

Section H. Financial Aid
Financial aid awarded to full- and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students; policies regarding institutional grant aid to nonresident aliens; process for freshmen applying for financial aid; and types of financial aid available.

Section I. Instructional Faculty and Class Size
Instructional faculty, including demographic statistics, student-to-faculty ratio, and class size.

Section J. Degrees Conferred
Percentage of Bachelor’s degrees awarded by area of discipline.


Important Note: For IPEDS, CDS, and other reporting purposes the University of Mississippi (UM) includes the Oxford and Regional campuses. Beginning in Fall 2014-15, the UM IPEDS, CDS, and other reports also include the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) (Jackson, MS).

Please refer to notations on individual CDS reports for additional information. CDS reports are updated continually as data from multiple sources become available.