GLOSSARY OF TERMS - HIGHER EDUCATION ENROLLMENT DATA

A postsecondary institution that offers programs of at least 2 but less than 4 years duration. This includes occupational and vocational schools with programs of at least 1800 hours and academic institutions with programs of less than 4 years. This does not include bachelor's degree-granting institutions where the baccalaureate program can be completed in 3 years.

A postsecondary institution that offers programs of at least 4 years duration or one that offers programs at or above the baccalaureate level. This includes schools that offer post baccalaureate certificates only or those that offer graduate programs only. This also includes free-standing medical, law or other first-professional schools.

City University of New York

A student enrolled in any of the following degree programs: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.), Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.), Law (L.L.B., J.D.), Medicine (M.D.), Optometry (O.D.), Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Podiatry (D.P.M., D.P., or Pod.D.), Theology (M.Div., M.H.L., B.D., or Ordination), Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), Audiology, (Au.D.), Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), and Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

An entering freshman who has never attended any college (or other postsecondary institution), aside from college credits earned in high school. Includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term. Also includes students who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned before graduation from high school).

Undergraduate: A student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits, 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. Graduate: A student enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full-time by the institution. First-Professional: As defined by the institution.

Full-Time Equivalent is calculated as follows:

  • Undergraduates: Full-Time + ⅓ Part-Time
  • Graduates and First Professionals: Full-Time + ⅖ Part-Time

A student who holds a bachelor's, first-professional degree, or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post baccalaureate level. These students may or may not be enrolled in graduate programs (not to include students in first-professional programs).

Is a private-not-for-profit institution.

Undergraduate: A student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. Graduate: A student enrolled for less than 9 semester or quarter credits. First-Professional: As defined by the institution.

An educational institution controlled by a private individual(s) or by a nongovernmental agency, usually supported primarily by other than public funds, and operated by other than publicly elected or appointed officials. These institutions may be either for-profit or not-for-profit.

Is a private-for-profit institution.

An educational institution whose programs and activities are operated by publicly elected or appointed school officials and which is supported primarily by public funds.

State University of New York

A student enrolled in, or taking courses creditable toward, a 4- or 5-year bachelor's degree program, an associate's degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate. High School students taking degree-credit work are included in the counts of all enrolled undergraduates.


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