Santa Clara University

Institutional Research

Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The goal is to improve the quality and accuracy of information, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers.

Retroactive changes to the University PeopleSoft system are reflected in updated figures for the content found within the Institutional Research Website.  Please note, the Common Data Set is a set of snapshot data which sourced the figures for the respective annual survey cycle.  For the most up to date figures when viewing historical trends, please contact Institutional Research directly.

Fall Census Reporting


Prior to Fall 2010, students in the CAAP (Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency) program were reported as Bachelor students in alignment with the University Registration Statistics.  For data reported after Fall 2010, CAAP students are reported as Graduate students, due to the requirement of a bachelor’s degree for admission.


Office of Institutional Research
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