Institutional Characteristics for less than 2-year academic year tuition reporters
Part A - Mission Statement 
 
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1. Provide the institution's mission statement or a web address (URL) where the mission statement can be found. Typed statements are limited to 2,000 characters or less. The mission statement will be available to the public on College Navigator.
 
Mission Statement URL:   
Please begin URL with "http://" or "https://"
Mission Statement
  
2. Are all the programs at your institution offered completely via distance education?
     Yes
   No                                                                                

Part B - Admissions and Estimated Enrollment 
1. Does your institution have an open admission policy for all or most entering first-time students?
If the only requirement for admission is a high school diploma or GED/other equivalent, your institution is still considered open admission. Institutions that require only an Ability to Benefit or similar test beyond the diploma/equivalent, and only reject a very small number of students based on the test, are also considered open admission.
If your institution does not have an open admission policy, you will be expected to answer additional questions (B2, B3, and B4) regarding your admissions procedures and admissions yield.
     Yes
   No                                                                                
These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above. These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator website, and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 

Part B - Admission Requirements and Services - Admission Considerations 
2. Please select the option that best describes how your institution uses any of the following data in its selection process.
 
Admission ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedNeither Required nor RecommendedDon't Know
Secondary school GPA        
Secondary school rank        
Secondary school record        
Completion of college-preparatory program        
Recommendations        
Formal demonstration of competencies (e.g., portfolios, certificates of mastery, assessment instruments)        
Admission test scores
SAT / ACT
        
Other Test (ABT, Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Note: If this is the only requirement other than a diploma or equivalent, and few students are not admitted due to this test, please return to question 1 and indicate that your institution is open admission.
        
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
        

Part B - Admission Requirements and Services - Selection Process 
3. Provide the number of first-time, degree/certificate-seeking students who applied, who were admitted, and who enrolled (either full- or part-time) at your institution for the most recent Fall period available. Include early decision, early action, and students who began studies during the summer prior to the selected fall reporting period.
Remember that this question is only applicable to first-time students, do not include other students in these totals.

Only report students at levels that you indicated were offered in the IC Header. If you made an error in the IC Header, please call the IPEDS Help Desk and correct your error.
Select reporting period:  Fall 2011            Fall 2012 
 
 MenWomenTotal
Number of applicants   
Number of admissions   
Number (of admitted) that enrolled full-time   
Number (of admitted) that enrolled part-time   
Total enrolled full-time and part-time      
Percent of admissions enrolled full-time and part-time      
 
 
4. If test scores are required for admission for first-time, degree/certificate-seeking students, provide the number and percentage of enrolled students submitting SAT and/or ACT scores, as well as the 25th and 75th percentile scores for each test. Provide writing test scores only if used for admission. Provide data for the most recent group of enrolled students for whom data are available. Include new students admitted the summer prior to the selected fall reporting period.
DO NOT convert test scores (e.g., do not convert an SAT score to an ACT scale, etc.). If you have numbers for both SAT and ACT scores, provide the percentiles for both tests.
Select reporting period  Fall 2011  Fall 2012  Test scores NOT required
Number of enrolled students that submitted SAT scores 
Percent of enrolled students that submitted SAT scores 
Number of enrolled students that submitted ACT scores 
Percent of enrolled students that submitted ACT scores 
 
 25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading  
SAT Math  
SAT Writing  
ACT Composite  
ACT English  
ACT Math  
ACT Writing  
These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above. These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator website, and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 

Part B - Estimated Fall Enrollment 
 
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Estimated 2012 Fall Enrollment
Provide an early estimate of the institution's fall enrollment for all levels offered. Levels should match those indicated 'Yes' in the IC Header survey. If you made an error in the IC Header survey, please contact the Help Desk.

These data will NOT appear in College Navigator, but will be made available via the IPEDS Data Center.
Estimates should be based on the definitions used in the IPEDS Fall Enrollment component submitted during the spring collection (for academic institutions report an estimate of the students that are/will be enrolled as of October 15, 2012; for program reporter institutions report an estimate of students enrolled in your institution at any time between August 1 and October 31, 2012). Prior year (PY) Fall Enrollment counts are provided for reference.
  Full-timeFT PY Enroll-
ment
Part-timePT PY Enroll-
ment
Total
Students in academic or occupational programs        
Number of students reported above who are first-time students
        

Part C - Student Services - Special Learning Opportunities 
1. Does your institution accept any of the following? [Check all that apply]
 
     Dual credit (college credit earned while in high school)                    
   Credit for life experiences
   Advanced placement (AP) credits
   None of the above
 
2. What types of special learning opportunities are offered by your institution? [Check all that apply]
    
   ROTC
    Army                 Navy                 Air Force               
   Study abroad
   Weekend/evening college
   Teacher certification (for the elementary, middle school/junior high, or secondary level)

Do not include certifications to teach at the postsecondary level.
    Students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization
    Students must complete their preparation at another institution for certain areas of specialization
    This institution is approved by the state for the initial certification or licensure of teachers
   None of the above

Part C - Student Services - Distance Opportunities 
4. Which of the following selected student services are offered by your institution? [Check all that apply]
    
   Remedial services
   Academic/career counseling services
   Employment services for current students
   Placement services for program completers
   On-campus day care for children of students
   None of the above
  
5. Does your institution have its own library or are you financially supporting a shared library with another postsecondary education institution?
  
   Have our own library
   Do not have our own library but contribute financial support to a shared library
   Neither of the above
6. Indicate whether or not any of the following alternative tuition plans are offered by your institution.
 
  No
  Yes
  Tuition guarantee
  Prepaid tuition plan
  Tuition payment plan
  Other (specify in box below)
7. Please indicate at what level(s) your institution offers distance education opportunities (courses and/or programs).
    
   Undergraduate
   Graduate
   The institution does not offer distance education opportunities
These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above. These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator website, and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 

Part C - Disability Service 
Please indicate the percentage of all undergraduates enrolled during fall 2011 who were formally registered as students with disabilities with the institution's office of disability services (or the equivalent office).
     3 percent or less 
     More than 3 percent: %
These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above. These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator website, and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 

Part D - Student Charges Questions 
 
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1. Are all full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus or in institutionally-controlled housing?
If you answer Yes to this question, you will not be asked to report off-campus room and board in the price of attendance (D11).

This is only a screening question, and your response does not show up on College Navigator.

If you make any exceptions to this rule, and have even one first-time, full-time student living off-campus, please answer No so that this does not cause conflicts with the Student Financial Aid survey. Making changes to the SFA component is very difficult and may lead to inaccurate reporting for your institution.
   No
   Yes, and we do not make ANY (even one) exceptions to this rule
2. Does your institution charge different tuition for in-district, in-state, or out-of-state students?
If you answer Yes to this question, you will be expected to report tuition amounts for in-district, in-state, and out-of-state students.

Please only select Yes if you really charge different tuition rates, or you will be reporting the same numbers 3 times.
   No
   Yes
3. Does your institution offer institutionally-controlled housing (either on or off campus)?
If you answer Yes to this question, you will be expected to specify a housing capacity, and to report a room charge or a combined room and board charge (D10).
   No
   Yes
 Specify housing capacity for academic year 2012-13
  
4. Do you offer board or meal plans to your students?
If you answer Yes to this question, you will be expected to report a board charge or combined room and board charge (D10).
   No
   Yes - Enter the number of meals per week in the maximum meal plan available
  
   Yes - Number of meals per week can vary (e.g., students' charge meals against a meal card)

Part D - Undergraduate Student Charges 
 
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If the institution charges an application fee, indicate the amount.
   AmountPrior year
 Application fee   
 
5. Charges to full-time students for the full academic year 2012-13
Please be sure to report an average tuition that includes all students at all levels (freshman, sophomore, etc.).
 
 In-districtPrior yearIn-statePrior yearOut-of-statePrior year
All full-time students
Average tuition         
Required fees         
6. Per credit hour charge for part-time students
Please be sure to report an average per credit tuition that includes all students at all levels (freshman, sophomore, etc.).
 
 In-districtPrior yearIn-statePrior yearOut-of-statePrior year
Per credit hour charge         

Part D - Student Charges - Price of Attendance 
 
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11. Cost of attendance for full-time, first-time students:
Please enter the amounts requested below. These data will be made available to the public on College Navigator. If your institution participates in any Title IV programs (Pell, Stafford, etc.), you must complete all information. Estimates of expenses for books and supplies, room and board, and other expenses are those from the Cost of Attendance report used by the financial aid office in determining financial need. Please talk to your financial aid office to get these numbers, to ensure that you are reporting correctly.
 
If the 2012-13 tuition and/or fees as reported on this page for full-time, first-time students are covered by a tuition guarantee program, check the applicable box(es) under 'Tuition Guarantee'. Additionally, please indicate the maximum % increase that is guaranteed. These numbers are expected to be fairly small. Please contact the Help Desk if you are confused about these values and how to report them.
These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator. You may use the space below to provide context for the data you've reported above. These context notes will be posted on the College Navigator website, and should be written to be understood by students and parents.
 

Prepared by 
 
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This survey component was prepared by:
   Keyholder  SFA Contact  HR Contact  Finance Contact  Other 
 Name:  
 Email:  
 
How long did it take to prepare this survey component? hours minutes 
 
The name of the preparer is being collected so that we can follow up with the appropriate person in the event that there are questions concerning the data. The Keyholder will be copied on all email correspondence to other preparers.
The time it took to prepare this component is being collected so that we can continue to improve our estimate of the reporting burden associated with IPEDS. Please include in your estimate the time it took for you to review instructions, query and search data sources, complete and review the component, and submit the data through the Data Collection System.
Thank you for your assistance.

Institutional Characteristics
 



Purpose of Survey

The primary purpose of the IPEDS Institutional Characteristics (IC) component is to collect basic institutional information including mission, admissions, student services, and athletic association. IC also collects student charges data including tuition for different levels and cost data for first-time, full-time students either for programs or for an academic year. This includes tuition and fee data as well as information on the estimated student budgets for students based on living situations (on-campus or off-campus). The cost numbers are also used in the SFA survey during the Winter collection to calculate net price of attendance.


Changes in reporting

The following changes were implemented for the 2012-13 data collection period.

  • There is a new question that asks at what levels your institution offers distance education: undergraduate, graduate, or no distance education offered. Please carefully review the definition of distance education before responding.
  • !! Cost of attendance data will only be collected for the current year. Any changes to prior year data need to be made in the prior year revision system. Starting next year, only one year of data will be able to be revised in prior year systems.

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General instructions



Reporting period covered
Institutional Characteristics (IC) covers data for the current year with one exception.
  • Admissions data from the prior year may be entered in B3 and B4 if current year data are not available at the time of reporting.

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Context Boxes

Context boxes are provided to allow institutions to provide more information regarding survey component items. Note that some context boxes are posted on the College Navigator Website, which is the college search tool offered by NCES. NCES will review entries in these context boxes for applicability and appropriateness before posting them on the College Navigator Website; institutions should check grammar and spelling of their entries.

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Coverage

Carefully read each question in the Institutional Characteristics survey to ensure you are reporting data for the appropriate students. The student groups for which data are collected vary throughout the IC survey (e.g., undergraduate and graduate). In general, for each group, ensure that the guidelines below are met.

A. Who to include
  • Students enrolled in courses creditable toward a diploma, certificate, degree, or other formal award. 
  • Students enrolled in courses that are part of a vocational or occupational program, including those enrolled in off-campus centers. 
  • High school students taking regular college courses for credit under their classification as recorded by the institution. 
  • Full-time students taking remedial courses if the student is considered degree-seeking for the purpose of student financial aid determination. 
  • Students from overseas enrolled in U.S. courses (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.
B. Who NOT to include
  • Students enrolled exclusively in courses not creditable toward a formal award or the completion of a vocational program. 
  • Students taking Continuing Education Units (CEUs) unless they are also enrolled in courses creditable toward a degree or other formal award. 
  • Students exclusively auditing classes. 
  • Residents or interns in Doctor's - professional practice fields, since they have already received their Doctor's degree. 
  • Any student studying abroad (e.g., at a foreign university) if their enrollment at this institution is only an administrative record and the fee is nominal. 
  • Students in any branch campus located in a foreign country.

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Where to Get Help

IPEDS Data Collection Help Desk

Phone: 1-877-225-2568
Email: ipedshelp@rti.org

AIR Website

You can also consult the AIR website that contains several tutorials on IPEDS data collection, a self-paced overview of IPEDS tools and other valuable resources.

IPEDS Resources Page

In addition, the IPEDS Resources Page contains frequently asked questions, a link to the glossary, data tip sheets, an archive of survey instruments, information on the new race/ethnicity categories and other relevant information.

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Where the Data Will Appear

Data collected through IPEDS will be accessible at the institution- and aggregate-levels.

At the institution-level, data will appear in the:

At the aggregate-level, data will appear in:

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Reporting Directions



Part A – Mission Statement and Distance Education



Mission Statement

Provide your institution's mission statement or a web address (please begin with http:// or https://) where the statement can be found. Typed statements are limited to 3,000 characters. The mission statement will be available to the public on College Navigator.

Distance Education

A program for which all the required coursework for program completion is able to be completed via distance education courses.

A distance education course is a course in which the instructional content is delivered exclusively via distance education.

Requirements for coming to campus for orientation, testing, or academic support services do not exclude a course from being classified as distance education. Technologies used for instruction may include the following: Internet; one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcasts, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite or wireless communication devices; audio conferencing; and video cassette, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, if the cassette, DVDs, and CD-ROMs are used in a course in conjunction with the technologies listed above.


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Part B – Admissions and Estimated Fall Enrollment


Open admission policy

Check Yes if your institution has an open admission policy.

If your institution requires only a high school diploma/equivalent and/or Ability to Benefit (or similar) test, and few students are not admitted based on the test, your institution is still considered open admission. For example, if you have students take the ATB test and allow 98% of those students to enroll, you are likely open admission. The 2% that were not admitted had unusual circumstances that kept them from being admitted.

Note: IPEDS does not have a set percentage to determine open admission. Please review your institution's admission policy or talk to someone in the admissions office if you are not sure whether your institution is open admission, or contact the IPEDS Help Desk at 877.225.2568.



Admission considerations

Indicate which considerations are used as part of the selection process for entering first-time, degree/certificate-seeking students. For each consideration, indicate whether it is required, recommended, neither required nor recommended, or you do not know.



Selection process

Applicants/admitted/enrolled students

First, select the period for which you will report (fall 2011 or fall 2012), depending on available data. Indicate the number of first-time, degree/certificate-seeking students who applied, the number offered admission, and the number who enrolled (both full- and part- time) for the selected reporting period. Since the total may include students who did not provide gender data, the detail need not sum to the total.
 
**You should not report admissions data for any level that you did not report as an offering on the Enrollment levels question in IC-Header. For example, if you indicated that you do not enroll part-time, first-time students leave those boxes blank.**

Include early decision, early action, and students who began studies during the summer prior to the fall reporting period. Applicants should include only those students who fulfilled all requirements for consideration for admission and who have been notified of one of the following actions: admission, non-admission, placement on a wait list, or application withdrawn (by applicant or institution). Admitted applicants (admissions) should include wait-listed students who were subsequently offered admission.

Test scores

**Do not convert test scores (e.g., do NOT convert an ACT score into a SAT score); scores must be reported separately.**

First, select the period for which you will report (2011 or fall 2012), depending on available data. If test scores are required for admission for students in your entering cohort (first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate-level students), provide the number and percentage of students submitting SAT/ACT scores and the 25th and 75th percentile scores for each test. Include information for ALL enrolled, degree/certificate-seeking, first-time (freshman) students for whom test scores were required. Include new students admitted the summer prior to the fall for which you are reporting. Do not include partial test scores (e.g., mathematics scores but not verbal scores for a category of students) or combine other standardized test results (such as TOEFL) in this item. If students submitted TOEFL scores in addition to SAT/ACT scores, those scores should be included. If students submitted both SAT and ACT scores, but only SAT scores were considered for admission, only report the SAT scores (and vice versa).



Estimated Fall 2012 Fall Enrollment

Provide an early estimate of fall enrollment for all levels offered at the institution as indicated above for full- and part-time students. Estimates should be based on the definitions used in the IPEDS Fall Enrollment component submitted in the Spring collection (for academic institutions report an estimate of the students that are/will be enrolled as of October 15, 2012; for program reporter institutions report an estimate of students enrolled in your institution at any time between August 1 and October 31, 2012). These data will NOT appear in College Navigator but will be made available via IPEDS data dissemination.

Note: Only report for levels that you indicated in the IC-Header were offered at your institution. For example, if you indicated that you do not enroll part-time undergraduates, leave that box blank. For levels that you indicated in the IC-Header were offered by your institution that do not have any students enrolled for the current year, please enter a '0'.





Part C - Student Services


Special learning opportunities

Special credit

Indicate if your institution accepts credit earned prior to admission through any of the sources listed.

Special learning opportunities

Indicate if the listed special learning opportunities are offered by your institution. Teacher certification refers to pre-K through 12; if the institution only provides certification for some levels (e.g., elementary only and not secondary), be sure to indicate that only certain levels are offered.

Years of study required for entry

If the institution limits entrance to students who have completed certain academic requirements, select the years of study required for entry. For example, upper division only schools may require 2 years (60 credits) of study prior to admittance, and schools that offer only graduate programs may require bachelor's degrees or 4 years of study for entrance.





Student services
Student services

Indicate which of the listed services are offered by the institution.

Library

Indicate whether your institution has its own library, contributes financially to a shared library, or neither.

Alternative tuition plans

Indicate if your institution offers any alternative tuition plans. Us the context box on the bottom of the page to provide details about tuition plans for College Navigator. Please provide only factual information, context boxes are reviewed and inappropriate information (such as marketing information) will be removed.


Distance education offerings

Indicate whether you offer distance education opportunities at the undergraduate level and/or graduate level. If you offer distance education at both levels, please check both boxes. If you do not offer distance education opportunities, please select the last option.

Requirements for coming to campus for orientation, testing, or academic support services does not exclude a course from being classified as distance education.


Disabilities
Please indicate the percentage of all undergraduates enrolled in fall 2011 who were formally registered as students with disabilities with the institution's office of disability services (or the equivalent office). This may include students with physical or learning disabilities, as well as other types of disabilities. If greater than 3% of students are registered as having a disability, you will need to indicate a percentage.

Please use the context box on the page to provide information, such as the webpage for your disabilities services website.

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Part D - Student Charges


Screening questions
If you responded to questions regarding full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students in the Institutional Characteristics Header survey, your institution will be required to answer all the questions.



On-campus or institutionally controlled off-campus housing requirement

Indicate if ALL full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students are required to live on campus or in institutionally controlled off-campus housing. If you make ANY exceptions, you should not select this as a requirement, as this will cause inconsistencies in your reporting between this section and the Student Financial Aid survey calculation of net price.

This question is a screening question, and does not appear on College Navigator. Please respond correctly.



Tuition based on residence

Indicate if the institution charges a different price for students from in-district, in-state, or out-of-state.


Institutionally controlled housing

Indicate if the institution provides institutionally controlled housing (either on- or off-campus) and if so, specify the housing capacity.


Meal plans

Indicate if the institution offers board or meal plans to students. If the institution offers fixed meal plans, provide the number of meals per week in the maximum plan available. Institutions will be asked to report the board charges or combined room and board charges on later screens.


Tuition and fees for undergraduate students (academic year reporters)


Undergraduate students include:
  • Students who have not obtained a bachelor's degree;
  • Students in bachelor's degree programs that require at least 4 years but fewer than 6 years of college work; or
  • Students in occupational or general study programs requiring 1, 2, or 3 years of college work that are designed to prepare students for immediate employment or to provide general education rather than to serve as the first 1, 2, or 3 years of a bachelor's degree program.


Undergraduate application fee

If the institution charges an application fee, indicate the amount. An application fee is the amount of money that an institution charges for processing a student's application for admittance to the institution. This amount is not creditable toward tuition or required fees, nor is it refundable if the student is not admitted to the institution.


Tuition and required fees for undergraduate students

This tuition value differs from cost of attendance as it is the average tuition and fees for ALL undergraduate students and all levels (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, etc.). It is possible that this number will be different from the cost of attendance that you will report if you have first-time, full-time students.

Since tuition and required fees and room and board charges may be different for varying groups of full-time undergraduate students at an institution, adhere to the following rules regarding reporting:
  • Report the average tuition and required fees for the full academic year charged to in-district, in-state, and out-of-state students. If you selected ‘yes’ for the screening question that you charge different tuitions for in-district, in-state, and out-of-state, provide amounts in all columns even if two are the same. If they are all the same, go back to the screening question that asks about this and indicate that you do not charge different tuitions.
  • If the institution charges tuition on a per-credit-hour basis, estimate average tuition based on the average full-time credit-hour load for an entire academic year.
  • When reporting required fees, include all fixed sum charges that are REQUIRED of a majority of students.
  • Do not include any charges that are clearly optional.
  • If the institution has a single lump sum charge for tuition, required fees, and room and board, enter the amount as a comprehensive fee.


Per-credit-hour charges for part-time undergraduate students

Enter the average dollar amount your institution charges to part-time undergraduate students per credit hour of instruction. If you selected ‘yes’ for the screening question that you charge different tuitions for in-district, in-state, and out-of-state, provide amounts in all columns even if two are the same. If they are all the same, go back to the screening question that asks about this and indicate that you do not charge different tuitions.



Tuition and fees for graduate students


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

Graduate application fee

If the institution charges an application fee, indicate the amount. An application fee is the amount of money that an institution charges for processing a student's application for admittance to the institution. This amount is not creditable toward tuition or required fees, nor is it refundable if the student is not admitted to the institution.


Tuition and required fees for graduate students

Since tuition and required fees may be different for varying groups of full-time graduate students at an institution, adhere to the following rules regarding reporting:
  • Do not include doctor’s-professional practice tuition. This will be collected separately.
  • Report the average tuition and required fees charged to full-time graduate students for the full academic year. If you selected ‘yes’ for the screening question that you charge different tuitions for in-district, in-state, and out-of-state, provide amounts in all columns even if two are the same. If they are all the same, go back to the screening question that asks about this and indicate that you do not charge different tuitions.
  • When reporting required fees, include all fixed sum charges that are REQUIRED of a majority of students.
  • Do not include any charges that are clearly optional.


Per-credit-hour charges for part-time graduate students

Enter the dollar amount the institution most frequently charges to part-time graduate students per credit hour of instruction. If you selected ‘yes’ for the screening question that you charge different tuitions for in-district, in-state, and out-of-state, provide amounts in all columns even if two are the same. If they are all the same, go back to the screening question that asks about this and indicate that you do not charge different tuitions.


Doctor's - professional practice tuition and fees

Report the tuition and fees (if applicable, for both in- and out-of-state) for students in the selected professional practice programs.



Number of programs (program reporters only)
Provide the total number of occupational programs offered by your institution. A program is a combination of courses and related activities organized for the attainment of broad educational objectives as described by the institution. Please do not count single courses as a program.

Room and Board
Institutions that offer institutionally controlled housing (either on- or off- campus) will be required to answer the questions in this section.

Report the typical room charge for the full academic year 2012-13 for a full-time student sharing a room with one other student. Report the board charge based on the maximum meal plan available for 2012-13 to a full-time student. Report a combined room and board charge only if room and board charges cannot be separated.

If your institution only offers room or board, but not both, you will only be asked about the applicable offering.



Academic year reporters cost of attendance for full-time, first-time undergraduate students

If you made errors in the prior year reporting, you will need to make changes in the Prior Year Revision system.

This question requires working with your student financial aid office.

Institutions with standard academic terms (semesters, quarters, trimesters, or 4-1-4 or hybrid institutions) should provide cost information for in-district, in-state, and out-of-state students for the FULL ACADEMIC YEAR in the columns indicated. The numbers reported for tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other expenses must match the amounts used by your financial aid office for determining eligibility for student financial assistance. If your institution has a single lump sum charge for tuition, required fees, and room and board, enter the amount as a comprehensive fee. You will not be able to lock your submission without these data.

Report BOTH tuition and fees, separately. Please report accurately as these numbers are used in the calculation of net price during the Student Financial Aid survey. Net price appears to the public in College Navigator, including the College Affordability and Transparency Center, as mandated in accordance with Sec. 111 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA).

Indicate whether the tuition and/or fees reported are covered by a tuition guarantee plan. If they are, but it is not a flat rate, please provide the guaranteed maximum rate of increase.




 



Program reporters cost (price) of attendance
Institutions with no full-time, first-time students will report the six largest programs on one page, and should follow the directions under ‘Reporting the next 5 largest programs’ to report these data.



Reporting the largest program

Errors can be corrected in the Prior Year Revision system.

This question requires working with your student financial aid office.

This section asks questions about the largest program your institution has offered for entering students. Institutions that provided data for the largest program in the prior year will see pre-loaded data (when CIP code has changed, you will need to update the CIP with an appropriate CIP). If the largest program has changed, check the box provided and indicate a different program. You will be required to enter data for all 4 years as indicated on the screen.

To enter or change the largest program

  • Select the CIP category code from the first drop-down box and title from the second drop-down box. If you need to restore the pre-loaded information, click the reset button at bottom of the screen.
  • Provide the total length of program in contact or credit hours and in weeks (as completed by a student attending full-time).
  • Provide the total length of the academic year, as used to calculate your Pell budget, in contact or credit hours and in weeks.
  • Enter an application fee (if applicable).
  • Provide amounts for tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other expenses FOR THE TIME PERIOD INDICATED (either for the length of the program, or for 4 weeks). These are the amounts used by your financial aid office for determining eligibility for student financial assistance.
Note: Programs of English as a second language and GED courses are not to be included in IPEDS.


Reporting the next 5 largest programs

This section asks questions about the next 5 largest programs your institution offers for entering students (or, if you have no full-time, first-time students, the 6 largest programs).
  • Only if reporting 6 largest programs because you do not have full-time, first-time students, enter an application fee (if applicable).
  • Select the CIP category code from the first drop-down box and title from the second drop-down box. If you need to restore the pre-loaded information, click the reset button at bottom of the screen.
  • Enter the tuition and required fees charged for the entire length of the program.
  • Enter the cost of books and supplies for the program.
  • Report the full length of the program and indicate whether the length of the entire program is measured in contact or credit hours.
  • Report the number of months it takes a full-time student to complete the program.

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Part E - Athletic Association
Indicate if the institution is a member of a national athletic association.

For institutions belonging to NCAA or NAIA, select the conference (by sport) from the drop list provided.

Part F - Campus information
For campuses, refer to the instructions on the appropriate screen.

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Glossary date: 4/17/2014
Term Definition
25th percentile The score at or below which 25 percent of students submitting test scores to an institution scored.
75th percentile The score above which 25 percent of students submitting test scores to an institution scored.
Academic program An instructional program leading toward an associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctor's, or first-professional degree or resulting in credits that can be applied to one of these degrees.
Academic year The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.
ACT ACT, previously known as the American College Testing program, measures educational development and readiness to pursue college-level coursework in English, mathematics, natural science, and social studies. Student performance does not reflect innate ability and is influenced by a student's educational preparedness.
Admissions (students admitted) Applicants that have been granted an official offer to enroll in a postsecondary institution.
Admissions test scores Scores on standardized admissions tests or special admissions tests.
Advanced placement (AP) courses College-level courses taught in high school. Students may take an examination at the completion of the course; acceptable scores allow students to earn college credit toward a degree, certificate, or other formal award.
Applicant An individual who has fulfilled the institution's requirements to be considered for admission (including payment or waiving of the application fee, if any) and who has been notified of one of the following actions: admission, nonadmission, placement on waiting list, or application withdrawn by applicant or institution.
Application fee That amount of money that an institution charges for processing a student's application for admittance to the institution. This amount is not creditable toward tuition or required fees, nor is it refundable if the student is not admitted to the institution.
Board charges Charges assessed students for an academic year for meals.
Board plan The method for providing meals to students during an academic year. Plans may include a specific charge for a specified number of meals per week or a specified amount against which students may charge their meals.
Books and supplies The average cost of books and supplies for a typical student for an entire academic year (or program). Does not include unusual costs for special groups of students (e.g., engineering or art majors), unless they constitute the majority of students at an institution.
CIP code A six-digit code in the form xx.xxxx that identifies instructional program specialties within educational institutions.
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) A taxonomic coding scheme for secondary and postsecondary instructional programs. It is intended to facilitate the organization, collection, and reporting of program data using classifications that capture the majority of reportable data. The CIP is the accepted federal government statistical standard on instructional program classifications and is used in a variety of education information surveys and databases.
Clock hour A unit of measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction given to students. Also referred to as contact hour.
Comprehensive fee A single fixed amount of money charged by an institution that covers tuition, required fees, room, and board. For some institutions, this amount may also cover books and supplies.
Contact hour A unit of measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction given to students. Also referred to as clock hour.
Counseling service Activities designed to assist students in making plans and decisions related to their education, career, or personal development.
Credit for life experiences Credit earned by students for what they have learned through independent study, noncredit adult courses, work experience, portfolio demonstration, previous licensure or certification, or completion of other learning opportunities (military, government, or professional). Credit may also be awarded through a credit by examination program.
Credit hour A unit of measure representing the equivalent of an hour (50 minutes) of instruction per week over the entire term. It is applied toward the total number of credit hours needed for completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.
Day care service A student service designed to provide appropriate care and protection of infants, preschool, and school-age children so their parents can participate in postsecondary education programs .
Degree/certificate-seeking students Students enrolled in courses for credit and recognized by the institution as seeking a degree, certificate, or other formal award. High school students also enrolled in postsecondary courses for credit are not considered degree/certificate-seeking.
Disability services Programs designed to provide reasonable academic accommodations and support services to empower students who have disabilities to competitively pursue postsecondary education. May also include assistance to campus departments in providing access to services and programs in the most integrated setting possible.
Distance education

Education that uses one or more technologies to deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and to support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor synchronously or asynchronously.

Technologies used for instruction may include the following: Internet; one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcasts, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite or wireless communication devices; audio conferencing; and video cassette, DVDs, and CD-ROMs, if the cassette, DVDs, and CD-ROMs are used in a course in conjunction with the technologies listed above.

Doctor's degree-professional practice A doctor's degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as first-professional and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.); Law (J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.
Dual credit A program through which high school students are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, taught at their high school, that fulfill high school graduation requirements and may earn the student college credits .
Early action An admission plan that allows students to apply and be notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification dates. If admitted, the candidate is not committed to enroll (unlike early decision). Students may reply to the offer under the college's regular reply policy.
Early admission A policy under which students who have not completed high school are admitted to and enrolled full-time in college, usually after completion of their junior year.
Early decision A plan that allows students to apply and be notified of an admission decision (and financial aid offer, if applicable) well in advance of the regular notification date. Applicants agree to accept an offer of admission and, if admitted, to withdraw their applications from other colleges. There are three possible decisions in response to such an application: admitted, denied, or not admitted but forwarded for consideration with the regular applicant pool, without prejudice.
Employment services for current students Activities intended to assist students in obtaining part-time employment as a means of defraying part of the cost of their education.
First-time student (undergraduate) A student who has no prior postsecondary experience (except as noted below) attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. This includes students enrolled in academic or occupational programs. It also includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term, and students who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned before graduation from high school).
Full-time student Undergraduate: A student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits, or 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, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full-time by the institution. Doctor's degree - Professional practice - as defined by the institution.
GED (General Educational Development) This term normally refers to the tests of General Educational Development (GED), which provide an opportunity to earn a high school credential. The GED program, sponsored by the American Council on Education, enables individuals to demonstrate that they have acquired a level of learning comparable to that of high school graduates.
Governing board An entity that ensures on behalf of the public the performance of an institution or a group of institutions. Responsibilities of the board may include appointing, supporting, and monitoring the president of the institution; reviewing educational and public service programs; insisting on strategic planning; and, ensuring good management and adequate resources.
Graduate student A student who holds a bachelor's degree or above and is taking courses at the postbaccalaureate level. These students may or may not be enrolled in graduate programs.
High school diploma or recognized equivalent A document certifying the successful completion of a prescribed secondary school program of studies, or the attainment of satisfactory scores on the GED or another state specified examination.
Housing capacity The maximum number of students for which an institution can provide residential facilities, whether on or off campus.
In-district student A student who is a legal resident of the locality in which he/she attends school and thus is entitled to reduced tuition charges if offered by the institution.
In-district tuition The tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school. This may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
In-state student A student who is a legal resident of the state in which he/she attends school.
In-state tuition The tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements.
Institutionally controlled housing Any residence hall or housing facility located on- or off-campus that is owned or controlled by an institution and used by the institution in direct support of or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes.
Library An organized collection of printed, microform, and audiovisual materials which (a) is administered as one or more units, (b) is located in one or more designated places, and (c) makes printed, microform, and audiovisual materials as well as necessary equipment and services of a staff accessible to students and to faculty. Includes units meeting the above definition which are part of a learning resource center.
Net price The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 defines institutional net price as "the average yearly price actually charged to first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving student aid at an institution of higher education after deducting such aid." In IPEDS, average institutional net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state for public institutions), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses. Cost of attendance data are collected in the Institutional Characteristics (IC) component of IPEDS, and financial aid data are collected in the Student Financial Aid (SFA) component of IPEDS.
Off-campus (not with family) A living arrangement in which a student does not live with the student's parents or legal guardians in any housing facility that is not owned or controlled by the educational institution.
Off-campus (with family) A living arrangement in which a student lives with the student's parents or legal guardians in any housing facility that is not owned or controlled by the educational institution.
Off-campus housing Any housing facility that is occupied by students but is not owned or controlled by the educational institution.
On-campus housing Any residence hall or housing facility owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes.
Open admission Admission policy whereby the school will accept any student who applies.
Other expenses The amount of money (estimated by the financial aid office) needed by a student to cover expenses such as laundry, transportation, and entertainment.
Out-of-state student A student who is not a legal resident of the state in which he/she attends school.
Out-of-state tuition The tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the institution's or state's residency requirements.
Part-time student 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.
Placement services for program completers Assistance for students in evaluating their career alternatives and in obtaining full-time employment upon leaving the institution.
Postsecondary education institution An institution which has as its sole purpose or one of its primary missions, the provision of postsecondary education.
Prepaid tuition plan A program that allows students or their families to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years, at current prices.
Program A combination of courses and related activities organized for the attainment of broad educational objectives as described by the institution.
Remedial services Instructional activities designed for students deficient in the general competencies necessary for a regular postsecondary curriculum and educational setting.
Required fees Fixed sum charged to students for items not covered by tuition and required of such a large proportion of all students that the student who does not pay the charge is an exception.
Room charges The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations for a typical student sharing a room with one other student.
SAT Previously known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, this is an examination administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used to predict the facility with which an individual will progress in learning college-level academic subjects.
Shared library A facility housing an organized collection of printed, microform, and audiovisual materials, and (a) is jointly administered by more than one educational institution, or (b) whose funds or operating expenditures have been received from more than one educational institution. The location of the facility is not a determining factor.
Standardized admissions tests Tests prepared and administered by an agency that is independent of any postsecondary education institution. Tests provide information about prospective students and their academic qualifications relative to a national sample. Examples are the SAT and the ACT.
Study abroad Arrangement by which a student completes part of the college program studying in another country. Can be at a campus abroad or through a cooperative agreement with some other U.S. college or an institution of another country.
System An organization of two or more institutions of higher education under the control or supervision of a common administrative governing body. Governing bodies generally have the power to act in their own name, to hire and fire personnel, enter into contracts, etc. A coordinating body without these powers or a section of a state agency usually would not be considered a system office.
Teacher certification program A program designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The standardized test designed to determine an applicant's ability to benefit from instruction in English.
Transcript An official record of student performance showing all schoolwork completed at a given school and the final mark or other evaluation received in each portion of the instruction. Transcripts often include an explanation of the marking scale used by the school.
Tuition The amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit.
Tuition and fees (published charges) The amount of tuition and required fees covering a full academic year most frequently charged to students. These values represent what a typical student would be charged and may not be the same for all students at an institution. If tuition is charged on a per-credit-hour basis, the average full-time credit hour load for an entire academic year is used to estimate average tuition. Required fees include all fixed sum charges that are required of such a large proportion of all students that the student who does not pay the charges is an exception.
Tuition guarantee A program where the institution guarantees, to entering first-time students, that tuition will not increase for the years they are enrolled. These guarantees are generally time-bound for four or five years.
Tuition payment plan A program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.
Undergraduate A student enrolled in a 4- or 5-year bachelor's degree program, an associate's degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate.
Weekend/evening college A program that allows students to take a complete course of study and attend classes only on weekends or only in the evenings.