Who to Include
Include all students enrolled for credit
(courses or programs that can be applied towards the requirements for a postsecondary degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award), regardless of whether or not they are seeking a degree or certificate. This includes:
- Students enrolled for credit in off-campus centers
- High school students taking regular college courses for credit
- Students taking remedial courses if the student is degree-seeking for the purpose of student financial aid determination
- Students from overseas enrolled in U.S. courses for credit (e.g., online students)
- Graduate students enrolled for thesis credits, even when zero credits are awarded, as these students are still enrolled and seeking their degree
Who to Exclude
Exclude students who are not
enrolled for credit. For example, exclude:
- Students enrolled exclusively in courses that cannot be applied towards a formal award
- Students enrolled exclusively in Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
- Students exclusively auditing classes
- Residents or interns in doctor's - professional practice programs, since they have already received their doctor's degree
In addition, the following students should be excluded:
- Any student studying abroad (e.g., at a foreign university) if their enrollment at the 'home' institution serves as an administrative record
- Students in any branch campus located in a foreign country
Part A: Full-Time Undergraduate Students by Race/Ethnicity and Gender
On this screen, include all students enrolled for credit, full-time at the undergraduate level. The undergraduate level includes students enrolled in undergraduate level courses, in 4 or 5-year bachelor's degree programs, associate's degree programs, or any certificate programs below the baccalaureate level. Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree but are taking undergraduate courses for credit should be included as undergraduates.
Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking studentsIn column 1, report undergraduate students who have no prior postsecondary experience and have enrolled full-time with the intent to earn a degree, certificate or other formal award. The following are also considered first-time:
- Students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer session
- Students who entered with advanced standing (any college credits earned before graduation from high school)
In order to be considered degree or certificate-seeking, the student must be enrolled in courses for credit and be recognized by the institution as seeking a degree or other formal award. Dual enrolled high school students are not considered degree/certificate-seeking. Note: All students eligible to receive federal student financial aid are to be considered degree/certificate-seeking.
Program Reporters: Include first-time students who entered your institution between August 1, 2013 and October 31, 2013.
Academic Reporters: Student counts reported in column 1 define the initial cohort for reporting graduation rates on the IPEDS Graduation Rates (GR) component to meet Student Right-to-Know reporting requirements. Students reported in this group will become your GR cohort in the reporting year appropriate for your institution. The number of students reported in column 1 will also appear in Part D to be used in determining the percentage of the entering class represented by the current GR cohort.
Full-time, transfer-in degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students
In column 2, report the total number of full-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students entering the reporting institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a postsecondary institution at the undergraduate level. These students may or may not have transferred credit(s).
Full-time, continuing degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students
In column 3, report the total number of continuing (i.e., not first-time and not transfer-in) full-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students. These are students who are not new to the institution in the fall, but instead are continuing their studies at the institution.
Full-time, non-degree/certificate-seeking full-time undergraduates
In column 5, report the total number of full-time non-degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. These students are enrolled for credit but not with the intention of earning a formal award. Note: High school students enrolled in creditable courses prior to high school graduation are considered non-degree/certificate-seeking students.
Once you save the data by clicking the 'Verify and Save' button, the 'Total full-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates' (column 4) and 'Total, full-time undergraduate students' (column 6) will be calculated by the system and display on the survey screen.