Glossary

Student Details

Total Number of Students– This figure represents the total number of students that were enrolled at an institution in the fall of 2012.

Number of Men– This figure represents the total number of male students that were enrolled at an institution in the fall of 2012.

Percentage Men – This figure represents the percentage of male students enrolled at an institution in the fall of 2012. It is calculated by dividing the number of men by the total number of students enrolled at an institution and multiplying that number by 100.

Number of Women– This figure represents the total number of female students that were enrolled at an institution in the fall of 2012.

Percentage Women – This figure represents the percentage of female students enrolled at an institution in the fall of 2012. It is calculated by dividing the number of woman by the total number of students enrolled at an institution and multiplying that number by 100.

Full-Time Students– This figure represents the total number of full-time students that were enrolled at an institution in the fall of 2012. At the undergraduate level, full-time students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester credits, 12 quarter credits or 24 contact hours a week each term. At the graduate level, full-time students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 semester credit or 9 quarter credits. Some graduate students who are preparing their dissertation may also be considered full-time by the institution.

Part-Time Students– This figure represents the total number of part-time students that were enrolled at an institution in the fall of 2012. At the undergraduate level, part-time students must be enrolled for less than 12 semester credits, 12 quarter credits or 24 contact hours a week each term. At the graduate level, part-time students must be enrolled for less than 9 semester credits or 9 quarter credits.

Number of Applicants– This figure represents the total number of individuals that applied to an institution for the 2012-2013 academic year. The term applicant encompasses all individuals who completed an institution’s admissions requirements and includes those who were admitted, rejected, and placed on a waiting list, as well as those who formally withdrew their application after submitting it.

Number of Admitted– This figure represents the total number of applicants that received an official offer to enroll at an institution for the 2012-2013 academic year including both those who accepted and rejected the offer.

Admissions Rate– This figure represents the percentage of students admitted into an institution for the 2012-2013 academic year. It is calculated by dividing the number of students admitted by the total number of applicants.

Full-time Retention Rate– This figure represents the percentage of full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking students from the fall of 2010 that either re-enrolled at in institution for the fall 2011 semester or successfully completed the program before that time.

Student-to-faculty Ratio– This figure represents the number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) students divided by the total number of staff for the fall of 2012. The FTE is a figure that combines full-time students and part-time students into a weighted number.

Tuition + Costs

Published In-state Tuition– This figure represents the in-state tuition published for an institution for the 2012-2013 academic year. In order to qualify for in-state tuition, students must meet the state and/or institution’s requirements for residency.

Books and Supplies– This figure represents the average cost for textbooks and supplies for a student enrolled at an institution for the 2012-2013 academic year.

On Campus, Other Expenses 2012-13– This figure represents the average cost for miscellaneous on campus expenses for a student enrolled at an institution for the 2012-2013 academic year. “Other expenses” encompass estimated expenditures beyond room and board, such as laundry, transportation or entertainment costs.

On Campus, Room and Board– This figure represents the average cost for on campus room and board for a student enrolled at an institution for the 2012-2013 academic year. Room and board encompasses on campus housing accommodations in a dorm or on campus apartment, as well as an on campus meal plan.

Published In-state Fees– This figure represents the in-state fees published for an institution for the 2012-2013 academic year. Fees are attributed to services provided by the institution that are not covered by tuition.

Total Cost– This figure represents the estimated total cost for attending an institution for the 2012-2012 academic year. It is calculated by combining the published in-state tuition and in-state fees with the average costs for books and supplies, room and board, and other on campus expenses.

Net Price + Financial Aid

Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving Federal, State, Local, Institutional or Other Sources of Grant Aid– This figure represents the percentage of undergraduate students who received grant aid from either the institution; the federal, state or local government or from other sources of grant aid in the 2011-2012 academic year. Grants are funds awarded to the student that do not have to be repaid. This percentage is calculated by dividing the number of undergraduate students receiving grant aid by the total number of undergraduate students enrolled at the institution and multiplying that number by 100.

Average Amount of Federal, State, Local, Institutional or Other Sources of Grant Aid Dollars Received by Undergraduate Students– This figure represents the average amount of grant aid that undergraduate students received from either the institution; the federal, state or local government or from other sources of grant aid in the 2011-2012 academic year. Grants are funds awarded to the student that do not have to be repaid.

Percent of Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduates Receiving Federal Grant Aid– This figure represents the percentage of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who received grant aid from the federal government in the 2011-2012 academic year. Grants are funds awarded to the student that do not have to be repaid. First-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students are students who are attending a postsecondary institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. This percentage is calculated by dividing the number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students receiving federal grant aid by the total number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students enrolled at the institution and multiplying that number by 100.

Average Amount of Federal Grant Aid Received by Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduates– This figure represents the average amount of grant aid that full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students received from the federal government in the 2011-2012 academic year. Grants are funds awarded to the student that do not have to be repaid. First-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students are students who are attending a postsecondary institution for the first time at the undergraduate level.

Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving Pell Grants– This figure represents the percentage of undergraduate students who received Pell grants in the 2011-2012 academic year. Pell grants are funds awarded by the federal government to students that have demonstrated financial need, which do not have to be repaid. This percentage is calculated by dividing the number of undergraduate students receiving Pell grants by the total number of undergraduate students enrolled at the institution and multiplying that number by 100.

Average Amount Pell Grant Aid Received by Undergraduate Students– This figure represents the average amount of Pell grants that undergraduate students received in the 2011-2012 academic year. Pell grants are funds awarded by the federal government to students that have demonstrated financial need, which do not have to be repaid.

Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving Federal Student Loans– This figure represents the percentage of undergraduate students who received federal student loan aid in the 2011-2012 academic year. Federal students loans are funds awarded to students by the federal government that must be repaid. This percentage is calculated by dividing the number of undergraduate students receiving federal student loan aid by the total number of undergraduate students enrolled at the institution and multiplying that number by 100.

Average Amount of Federal Student Loan Aid Received by Undergraduate Students– This figure represents the average amount of federal student loan aid that undergraduate students received in the 2011-2012 academic year. Federal students loans are funds awarded to students by the federal government that must be repaid.

Average Amount of State/Local Grant Aid Received by Full-time First-time Undergraduates– This figure represents the average amount of state or local aid that full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students received in the 2011-2012 academic year. Grants are funds awarded to the student that do not have to be repaid. First-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students are students who are attending a postsecondary institution for the first time at the undergraduate level.

Percent of Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduates Receiving State/Local Grant Aid– This figure represents the percentage of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who received grant aid from the state or local government in the 2011-2012 academic year. Grants are funds awarded to the student that do not have to be repaid. First-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students are students who are attending a postsecondary institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. This percentage is calculated by dividing the number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students receiving state or local grant aid by the total number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students enrolled at the institution and multiplying that number by 100.

Average Net Price-Students Receiving Grant or Scholarship Aid– This figure represents the average net price of tuition at an institution for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who received grant or scholarship aid in the 2011-2012 academic year. This is calculated by subtracting the average scholarship and grant aid received by students from the total cost for attending the institution. Grants and scholarships are funds awarded by both governmental and nongovernmental agencies, which do not have to be repaid by the student. First-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students are students who are attending a postsecondary institution for the first time at the undergraduate level.

Degrees

Degree Offered– This section lists the levels of degrees that were offered at an institution in the 2011-2012 academic, which may include short-term certificates, one year certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, postbaccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, post-master certificates, and doctoral degrees.

Degree Awarded by CIPCODE– Classified by Cip Code, this section lists the number of top degrees by degree type that were awarded at an institution in the 2011-2012 academic year. The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) is a taxonomy system developed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). CIP codes provide uniform groupings of similar majors regardless of an institution’s individual naming convention.

Degree Awarded by Level– This section lists the number of degrees awarded at an institution at each level of education in the 2011-2012 academic year. Degree levels may include short-term certificates, one year certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, postbaccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, post-master certificates, and doctoral degrees.

Disclaimer

IPEDS– The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is the postsecondary education data collection program for the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS collects data annually from all US colleges, universities, and technical/ vocational institutions that take part in federal student aid programs.