Student Credit Hours and Full-Time-Equivalent Enrollments

The Student Credit Hours (SCH) and the Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) Enrollments reports present enrollment data for fall, spring, and summer terms from 2001 forward. Data is available by term, campus, college, student level, and degree-seeking status. The SCH Enrollments report shows the total number of credits students took, the enrollment headcount, and the average SCH. The FTE Enrollments report calculates enrollment in terms of the number of total credits taken divided by a full-time credit load definition, which varies by student level. For further details, see the Notes section below.

View the data load table for details on the scheduled updating and staff contact for these data.

Notes, Glossary, & Data Sources:

Data Source: University of Minnesota, Data Warehouse - DWSA official enrollment snapshot tables (STIX), End of second week enrollment for fall and spring, end of term for summer.

Notes:

Student Credit Hours:

  • Student credit hours represents the sum of credits attempted (unt_taken_prgrss) taken directly from the official end of second week enrollment snapshot tables (STIX).
  • Total student credit hours is the combined sum of credits attempted for all the students selected by system, campus, and/or college.
  • Headcount is the unique headcount for students having credits attempted and does not include students enrolled for non-credit-bearing courses. For example, graduate students enrolled for thesis-only credits to maintain active status would not be counted in this headcount definition.
  • Average student credit hours is the total student credit hours attempted divided by the unique headcount for students enrolled in credit-bearing courses.

Full-Time-Equivalent:

  • Full-time-equivalent is the sum of credits attempted (unt_taken_prgrss) divided by pre-determined divisors representing a full-time credit load for a given academic term.
  • Definitions of a full-time-equivalent credit load varies by student level. For undergraduates, a full-time-equivalent credit load is defined as 15 credits; for graduate students, a full-time-equivalent credit load is 10; for professional students, a full-time-equivalent credit load is 15 credits.
  • Full-time-equivalency credit-load definitions may vary by organization. The student-level based loads used here are defined by the University.
  • Other organizations may have different full-time-equivalent credit-load definitions. IPEDS, for example, uses the 24-credit load for both graduate and professional students in their full-year, rather than a term-based, full-time-equivalent calculation.
  • Standard headcount enrollment definitions (not part of a full-time-equivalent calculation), however, use a credit-load definition of 12 for undergraduates determined to be enrolled full time.

Glossary:

  • Degree. Class level designation for any student taking classes who is enrolled in a program leading to a degree or certificate.
  • Graduate. Students pursuing a graduate-level degree or certificate (master’s, doctoral, or post-bachelor's certificate).
  • Non-Degree. Class level designation for any student taking classes who is not currently in a program leading to a degree or certificate. Includes the previous categories of unclassified and adult special, as well as high school students enrolled under the Minnesota Post-Secondary Education Options Act.
  • Professional. Students seeking a post-bachelor's degree or certificate in the Duluth School of Medicine and the Twin Cities Medical School, Law School, School of Dentistry, and Colleges of Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine.
  • Undergraduate. Students pursuing programs leading to associate or bachelor's degrees.