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Survey Resources





Public Affairs is responsible for submitting campus data to national surveys. Annually, the campus provides information to many surveys of which the following are representative: American Council on Education, Barrons, College Board, Fiske, Petersons, Princeton Review, and U.S.News.

Public Affairs works with units on campus, such as Division of Management Information, Office of Admissions, Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid, and the University Office for Planning and Budgeting, to coordinate the gathering of data that best represents the excellence of our campus.

Public Affairs makes itself available to Colleges and Units on campus to assist them with the collection of data, interpretation of questions, and distribution of surveys.  If your unit has a survey that you would like assistance with, please contact Chris Harris at (217) 333-5010 or

Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign represents a sampling of data and statistics about Illinois that are often used in various higher education surveys. Please note that, while it is a useful source of information across a wide range of topics, the CDS is really just a summary compilation of data from a number of sources.

The Common Data Set 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. Annual Common Data Set information for the campus is maintained by the Division of Management Information and can be found at the link below.

Historical Common Data Sets

Historical Tuition Data

A common request from individuals on- and off-campus centers around historical tuition rates at Illinois. Public Affairs maintains a spreadsheet that tracks base undergraduate and graduate tuition rates back to 1966.
Tuition Data Spreadsheet (Excel)