2008 - 2009

2008 - 2009
Common Data Set 2008-2009
GENERAL INFORMATION
A1. Address Information
Name of College or University: Saint Martin’s University
Mailing Address, City/State/Zip/Country: 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey WA 98503-7500
Street Address (if different), City/State/Zip/Country
Main Phone Number: (360) 491-4700
WWW Home Page Address: www.stmartin.edu
Admissions Phone Number: (360) 438-4596
Admissions Toll-free Number: (800) 368-8803
Admissions Office Mailing Address, City/State/Zip/Country: 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey WA 98503-7500
Admissions Fax Number: (360) 412-6189
Admissions E-mail Address: [email protected]
If there is a separate URL for your school’s online application, please specify: www.stmartin.edu/apply/
If you have a mailing address other than the above to which applications should be sent, please provide:
A2. Source of institutional control (check one only)
Public
Private (nonprofit)
Proprietary
A3. Classify your undergraduate institution:
Coeducational college
Men’s college
Women’s college
A4. Academic year calendar
Semester
Quarter
Trimester
Other (describe):
4-1-4
Continuous
Differs by program (describe):
A5. Degrees offered by your institution
Certificate
Diploma
Associate
Transfer
Terminal
Bachelor’s
Postbachelor’s certificate
Master’s
Post-master’s certificate
Doctoral
First professional
First professional certificate
Common Data Set 2008-2009
B. ENROLLMENT AND PERSISTENCE
B1. Institutional Enrollment—Men and Women Provide numbers of students for each of the following categories as of
the institution’s official fall reporting date or as of October 15, 2008.
Men
FULL-TIME
Women
Men
PART-TIME
Women
Undergraduates
Degree-seeking, first-time
freshmen
Other first-year, degreeseeking
All other degree-seeking
Total degree-seeking
84
114
1
3
33
51
16
12
337
421
107
117
454
586
124
132
3
0
51
37
457
586
175
169
First-time, first-professional
students
All other first-professionals
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Total first-professional
0
0
0
0
Degree-seeking, first-time
19
17
11
10
All other degree-seeking
41
93
17
64
0
0
0
0
60
110
28
74
All other undergraduates
enrolled in credit courses
Total undergraduates
First-professional
Graduate
All other graduates enrolled
in credit courses
Total graduate
Total all undergraduates: 1387
Total all graduate and professional students: 272
GRAND TOTAL ALL STUDENTS: 1659
Common Data Set 2008-2009
B2. Enrollment by Racial/Ethnic Category. Provide numbers of undergraduate students for each of the following
categories as of the institution’s official fall reporting date or as of October 15, 2008. Include international students only in
the category "Nonresident aliens." Complete the “Total Undergraduates” column only if you cannot provide data for the first
two columns.
Degree-seeking
First-time First year
0
13
82
89
Total
Undergraduates
(both degree- and nondegree-seeking)
93
102
American Indian or Alaska Native
Asian or Pacific Islander
Hispanic
White, non-Hispanic
6
30
23
119
26
137
84
794
27
141
89
834
Race/ethnicity unknown
Total
11
202
84
1296
101
1387
Nonresident aliens
Black, non-Hispanic
Degree-seeking
Undergraduates
(include first-time
first-year)
Persistence
B3. Number of degrees awarded by your institution from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008.
Certificate/diploma
Associate degrees
Bachelor’s degrees
Postbachelor’s certificates
Master’s degrees
Post-master’s certificates
Doctoral degrees
First professional degrees
First professional certificates
0
0
303
37
87
0
0
0
0
Common Data Set 2008-2009
Graduation Rates
The items in this section correspond to data elements collected by the IPEDS Web-based Data Collection System’s
Graduation Rate Survey (GRS). For complete instructions and definitions of data elements, see the IPEDS GRS instructions
and glossary on the 2008 Web-based survey.
For Bachelor’s or Equivalent Programs
Fall 2002 Cohort
Report for the cohort of full-time first-time bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who
entered in fall 2002. Include in the cohort those who entered your institution during the summer term preceding fall
2002.
B4. Initial 2002 cohort of first-time, full-time bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students;
total all students: 132
B5. Of the initial 2002 cohort, how many did not persist and did not graduate for the following reasons: death,
permanent disability, or service in the armed forces, foreign aid service of the federal government, or official
church missions; total allowable exclusions: 1
B6. Final 2002 cohort, after adjusting for allowable exclusions: 131
(Subtract question B5 from question B4)
B7. Of the initial 2002 cohort, how many completed the program in four years or less (by August 31, 2006): 51
B8. Of the initial 2002 cohort, how many completed the program in more than four years but in five years or less
(after August 31, 2006 and by August 31, 2007): 17
B9. Of the initial 2002 cohort, how many completed the program in more than five years but in six years or less
(after August 31, 2007 and by August 31, 2008): 3
B10. Total graduating within six years (sum of questions B7, B8, and B9): 71
B11. Six-year graduation rate for 2002 cohort (question B10 divided by question B6): 54%
Retention Rates
Report for the cohort of all full-time, first-time bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who
entered in fall 2007 (or the preceding summer term). The initial cohort may be adjusted for students who departed for the
following reasons: death, permanent disability, or service in the armed forces, foreign aid service of the federal government
or official church missions. No other adjustments to the initial cohort should be made.
B22. For the cohort of all full-time bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered your
institution as freshmen in fall 2007 (or the preceding summer term), what percentage was enrolled at your institution as
of the date your institution calculates its official enrollment in fall 2008? 72 %
Common Data Set 2008-2009
C. FIRST-TIME, FIRST-YEAR (FRESHMAN) ADMISSION
Applications
C1. First-time, first-year (freshman) students: Provide the number of degree-seeking, first-time, first-year students who
applied, were admitted, and enrolled (full- or part-time) in fall 2008. Include early decision, early action, and students
who began studies during summer in this cohort. Applicants should include only those students who fulfilled the
requirements for consideration for admission (i.e., who completed actionable applications) and who have been notified
of one of the following actions: admission, non-admission, placement on waiting list, or application withdrawn (by
applicant or institution). Admitted applicants should include wait-listed students who were subsequently offered
admission.
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who applied
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who applied
251
373
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who were admitted
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who were admitted
205
317
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled
75
11
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled 97
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled 21
C2. Freshman wait-listed students (students who met admission requirements but whose final admission was
contingent on space availability)
Yes
No
Do you have a policy of placing students on a waiting list?
Admission Requirements
C3. High school completion requirement
Check the appropriate box to identify your high school completion requirement for degree-seeking entering students:
High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted
High school diploma or equivalent is not required
C4. Does your institution require or recommend a general college-preparatory program for degree-seeking students?
Require
Recommend
Neither require nor recommend
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C5. Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended. Specify the distribution of academic high school
course units required and/or recommended of all or most degree-seeking students using Carnegie units (one unit equals
one year of study or its equivalent). If you use a different system for calculating units, please convert.
Units Required
Units Recommended
Total academic units
English
Mathematics
Science
Of these, units that must be lab
Foreign language
Social studies
History
Academic electives
Computer Science
Visual/Performing Arts
Other (specify)
4
3
3
1
2
2
0
3
0
0
Basis for Selection
C6. Do you have an open admission policy, under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED
equivalency diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications? If so, check
which applies:
Open admission policy as described above for all students N/A
Open admission policy as described above for most students, but
selective admission for out-of-state students
selective admission to some programs
other (explain) ________________________________________________________________________
C7. Relative importance of each of the following academic and nonacademic factors in your first-time, first-year,
degree-seeking (freshman) admission decisions.
Very Important
Academic
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Recommendation
Nonacademic
Interview
Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Religious affiliation/commitment
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest
Important
Considered
Not Considered
Common Data Set 2008-2009
SAT and ACT Policies
C8. Entrance exams
A. Does your institution make use of SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test scores in admission decisions for first-time, first-year,
Yes
No
degree-seeking applicants?
If yes, place check marks in the appropriate boxes below to reflect your institution’s policies for use in admission for
Fall 2010.
Require
Recommend
ADMISSION
Require for
Some
Consider If
Submitted
Not Used
SAT or ACT
ACT only
SAT only
SAT and SAT Subject Tests or
ACT
SAT Subject Tests
B. If your institution will make use of the ACT in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants for
fall 2010, please indicate which ONE of the following applies (regardless of whether the writing score will be used in the
admissions process):
ACT with Writing component required
ACT with Writing component recommended.
ACT with or without Writing component accepted
C. Please indicate how your institution will use the SAT or ACT essay component; check all that apply.
SAT essay
ACT essay
For admission
For placement
For advising
In place of an application essay
As a validity check on the application essay
No college policy as of now
Not using essay component
D. In addition, does your institution use applicants' test scores for academic advising?
yes
no
E. Latest date by which SAT or ACT scores must be received for fall-term admission: July 1
Latest date by which SAT Subject Test scores must be received for fall-term admission_________
F. If necessary, use this space to clarify your test policies (e.g., if tests are recommended for some students, or if tests are
not required of some students): _____________________________________________________________________
G.
Please indicate which tests your institution uses for placement (e.g., state tests):
SAT
ACT
SAT Subject Tests
AP
CLEP
Institutional Exam
State Exam (specify):____________________________________________________________
Common Data Set 2008-2009
Freshman Profile
Provide percentages for ALL enrolled, degree-seeking, full-time and part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students
enrolled in fall 2008, including students who began studies during summer, international students/nonresident aliens, and
students admitted under special arrangements.
C9. Percent and number of first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in fall 2008 who submitted national
standardized (SAT/ACT) test scores. Include information for ALL enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first-year
(freshman) students who submitted test scores. Do not include partial test scores (e.g., mathematics scores but not critical
reading for a category of students) or combine other standardized test results (such as TOEFL) in this item. Do not convert
SAT scores to ACT scores and vice versa.
The 25th percentile is the score that 25 percent scored at or below; the 75th percentile score is the one that 25 percent scored
at or above.
Percent submitting SAT scores
Percent submitting ACT scores
93 %
22 %
25th Percentile
420
430
410
Number submitting SAT scores
Number submitting ACT scores
75th Percentile
550
570
540
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
SAT Essay
ACT Composite
17
23
ACT Math
ACT English
ACT Writing
Percent of first-time, first-year (freshman) students with scores in each range:
700-800
600-699
500-599
400-499
300-399
200-299
30-36
24-29
18-23
12-17
6-11
Below 6
SAT Critical Reading
4%
12 %
30 %
40 %
13 %
1%
100%
ACT
Composite
0%
21 %
52 %
27 %
0%
0%
100%
SAT Math
2%
14 %
37 %
31 %
14 %
2%
100%
SAT Writing
1%
9%
31 %
39 %
18 %
2%
100%
ACT English
ACT Math
188
44
Common Data Set 2008-2009
C10. Percent of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school class rank within
each of the following ranges (report information for those students from whom you collected high school rank
information).
Percent in top tenth of high school graduating class
15%
Percent in top quarter of high school graduating class
41%
Percent in top half of high school graduating class
70%
} Top half + bottom half = 100%.
Percent in bottom half of high school graduating class 30%
Percent in bottom quarter of high school graduating class __ 6%
Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school class rank: 42%
C11. Percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school gradepoint averages within each of the following ranges (using 4.0 scale). Report information only for those students
from whom you collected high school GPA.
Percent who had GPA of 3.75 and higher
Percent who had GPA between 3.50 and 3.74
Percent who had GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
Percent who had GPA between 3.00 and 3.24
18%
17 %
15 %
16 %
Percent who had GPA between 2.50 and 2.99
Percent who had GPA between 2.0 and 2.49
26 %
8%
Percent who had GPA between 1.0 and 1.99
Percent who had GPA below 1.0
0%
0%
100%
C12. Average high school GPA of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted GPA:
3.21
Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school GPA: 100 %
Admission Policies
C13. Application fee
Does your institution have an application fee?
Amount of application fee: $35.00
Can it be waived for applicants with financial need?
Yes
No
Yes
No
If you have an application fee and an on-line application option, please indicate policy for students who apply on-line:
Same fee:
Free:
Reduced:
Can on-line application fee be waived for applicants with financial need?
Yes
No
C14. Application closing date
Does your institution have an application closing date?
Application closing date (fall): __________
Priority date: March 1
Yes
C15. Are first-time, first-year students accepted for terms other than the fall?
C16. Notification to applicants of admission decision sent (fill in one only)
On a rolling basis beginning (date): October 1
By (date):
Other:
No
Yes
No
Common Data Set 2008-2009
C17. Reply policy for admitted applicants (fill in one only)
Must reply by (date):
No set date:
Must reply by May 1 or within 3 weeks if notified thereafter
Other:
Deadline for housing deposit (MM/DD): 07/01
Amount of housing deposit: $200
Refundable if student does not enroll?
Yes, in full before July 1
Yes, in part
No
C18. Deferred admission: Does your institution allow students to postpone enrollment after admission?
Yes
No
C19. Early admission of high school students: Does your institution allow high school students to enroll as full-time, firstYes
No
time, first-year (freshman) students one year or more before high school graduation?
C20. Common Application: Question removed from CDS. (Initiated during 2006-2007 cycle)
Early Decision and Early Action Plans
C21. Early decision: Does your institution offer an early decision plan (an admission plan that permits students to apply and
be notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date and that asks students to commit to
Yes
No
attending if accepted) for first-time, first-year (freshman) applicants for fall enrollment?
C22. Early action: Do you have a nonbinding early action plan whereby students are notified of an admission decision well
in advance of the regular notification date but do not have to commit to attending your college?
Yes
No
Common Data Set 2008-2009
D. TRANSFER ADMISSION
Fall Applicants
D1. Does your institution enroll transfer students?
Yes
No
(If no, please skip to Section E)
If yes, may transfer students earn advanced standing credit by transferring credits earned from course work completed
Yes
No
at other colleges/universities?
D2. Provide the number of students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled as degree-seeking transfer students in fall
2008.
Men
Women
Total
Applicants
184
235
419
Admitted Applicants
136
178
314
Enrolled Applicants
101
120
221
Application for Admission
D3. Indicate terms for which transfers may enroll:
Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
D4. Must a transfer applicant have a minimum number of credits completed or else must apply as an entering freshman?
Yes
No
If yes, what is the minimum number of credits and the unit of measure? 30 semester hours
D5. Indicate all items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
Required
of All
High school transcript
College transcript(s)
Essay or personal statement
Interview
Standardized test scores
Statement of good standing
from prior institution(s)
Recommended
of All
Recommended
of Some
Required of
Some
X
Not required
X
X
X
X
X
D6. If a minimum high school grade point average is required of transfer applicants, specify
(on a 4.0 scale): N/A
D7. If a minimum college grade point average is required of transfer applicants, specify
(on a 4.0 scale): 2.25
D8. List any other application requirements specific to transfer applicants:
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Common Data Set 2008-2009
D9. List application priority, closing, notification, and candidate reply dates for transfer students. If applications are
reviewed on a continuous or rolling basis, place a check mark in the “Rolling admission” column.
Fall
Priority Date
Closing Date
Notification Date
March 1st
August 1st
May 1st or 3
weeks
Winter
Spring
November 15th
Summer
March 1st
Reply Date
December 15th or
3 weeks
April 15th or 3
weeks
D10. Does an open admission policy, if reported, apply to transfer students?
Rolling
Admission
X
X
X
Yes
No
D11. Describe additional requirements for transfer admission, if applicable:
_________________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________________
Transfer Credit Policies
D12. Report the lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit: CD13. Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a two-year institution:
Number: 64
Unit type: Semester
D14. Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a four-year institution:
Number: 96
Unit type: Semester
D15. Minimum number of credits that transfers must complete at your institution to earn an associate degree: N/A
D16. Minimum number of credits that transfers must complete at your institution to earn a bachelor’s degree: 32
D17. Describe other transfer credit policies: N/A
Common Data Set 2008-2009
E. ACADEMIC OFFERINGS AND POLICIES
E1. Special study options: Identify those programs available at your institution. Refer to the glossary for definitions.
Accelerated program
Cooperative education program
Cross-registration
Distance learning
Double major
Dual enrollment
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Exchange student program (domestic)
External degree program
Other (specify):
Honors program
Independent study
Internships
Liberal arts/career combination
Student-designed major
Study abroad
Teacher certification program
Weekend college
E2. Has been removed from the CDS.
E3. Areas in which all or most students are required to complete some course work prior to graduation:
Arts/fine arts
Computer literacy
English (including composition)
Foreign languages
History
Other (describe): Religious Studies
Humanities
Mathematics
Philosophy
Sciences (biological or physical)
Social science
Library Collections: The CDS publishers will collect library data again when a new Academic Libraries Survey is in
place.
F. STUDENT LIFE
F1. Percentages of first-time, first-year (freshman) degree-seeking students and degree-seeking undergraduates
enrolled in Fall 2008 who fit the following categories:
First-time, first-year
Undergraduates
(freshman) students
Percent who are from out of state (exclude international/nonresident
aliens from the numerator and denominator)
13%
27%
Percent of men who join fraternities
0%
0%
Percent of women who join sororities
0%
0%
Percent who live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing
72%
33%
Percent who live off campus or commute
28%
67%
Percent of students age 25 and older
0%
28%
Average age of full-time students
18
22
Average age of all students (full- and part-time)
18
24
Common Data Set 2008-2009
F2. Activities offered Identify those programs available at your institution.
Campus Ministries
Choral groups
Concert band
Dance
Drama/theater
International Student
Organization
Jazz band
Literary magazine
Marching band
Model UN
Music ensembles
Musical theater
Opera
Radio station
Student government
Student newspaper
Student-run film society
Symphony orchestra
Television station
Pep band
Yearbook
F3. ROTC (program offered in cooperation with Reserve Officers’ Training Corps)
Army ROTC is offered:
On campus
At cooperating institution (name): Pacific Lutheran University
www.plu.edu/~rotc.main.html
Naval ROTC is offered: No
Air Force ROTC is offered:
On campus
At cooperating institution (name): University of Washington
http://www.afrotc.com/colleges/detachment_info.php?recruiter_id=1221
F4. Housing: Check all types of college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing available for undergraduates at your
institution.
Coed dorms
Men’s dorms
Women’s dorms
Apartments for married students
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Special housing for international students
Fraternity/sorority housing
Cooperative housing
Theme housing
Wellness housing
Other housing options (specify): ___________________________________________________
Common Data Set 2008-2009
G. ANNUAL EXPENSES
Provide 2009-2010 academic year costs of attendance for the following categories that are applicable to your
institution.
Check here if your institution's 2009-2010 academic year costs of attendance are not available at this time and provide
an approximate date (i.e., month/day) when your institution's final 2009-2010 academic year costs of attendance will be
available:
G1. Undergraduate full-time tuition, required fees, room and board
List the typical tuition, required fees, and room and board for a full-time undergraduate student for the FULL 2009-2010
academic year (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours for institutions that derive annual tuition by multiplying credit
hour cost by number of credits). A full academic year refers to the period of time generally extending from September to
June; usually equated to two semesters, two trimesters, three quarters, or the period covered by a four-one-four plan.
Room and board is defined as double occupancy and 19 meals per week or the maximum meal plan. Required fees
include only charges that all full-time students must pay that are not included in tuition (e.g., registration, health, or
activity fees.) Do not include optional fees (e.g., parking, laboratory use).
FIRST-YEAR
$24,880
UNDERGRADUATES
$24,880
REQUIRED FEES:
$577
$302
ROOM AND BOARD:
(on-campus)
ROOM ONLY:
(on-campus)
BOARD ONLY:
(on-campus meal plan)
$8360
$8360
$4160
$4160
$4200
$4200
PRIVATE INSTITUTION
Tuition:
PUBLIC INSTITUTION
Tuition:
In-district:
In-state (out-of-district):
Out-of-state:
NONRESIDENT ALIEN:
Tuition:
Comprehensive tuition and room and board fee (if your college cannot provide separate tuition and room and board
fees): _______________________
Other: _____________________________________________________________________________________
G2. Number of credits per term a student can take for the stated full-time tuition
12 minimum
G3. Do tuition and fees vary by year of study (e.g., sophomore, junior, senior)?
G4. If tuition and fees vary by undergraduate instructional program, describe briefly: N/A
Yes
18 maximum
No
Common Data Set 2008-2009
G5. Provide the estimated expenses for a typical full-time undergraduate student:
Residents
Commuters
(living at home)
Books and supplies:
Room only:
Board only:
Room and board total (if
your college cannot
provide separate room and
board figures for
commuters not living at
home):
$1000
$1000
Transportation:
Other expenses:
$2000
$1000
G6. Undergraduate per-credit-hour charges (tuition only):
PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS:
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
In-district:
In-state (out-of-district):
Out-of-state:
NONRESIDENT ALIENS:
$827
$1420
Commuters
(not living at
home)
$1000
$5200
$1420
$2000
$1000
$2000
$1000
Common Data Set 2008-2009
H. FINANCIAL AID
Please refer to the following financial aid definitions when completing Section H.
Awarded aid: The dollar amounts offered to financial aid applicants.
Financial aid applicant: Any applicant who submits any one of the institutionally required financial aid applications/forms,
such as the FAFSA.
Indebtedness: Aggregate dollar amount borrowed through any loan program (federal, state, subsidized, unsubsidized,
private, etc.; excluding parent loans) while the student was enrolled at an institution. Student loans co-signed by a parent are
assumed to be the responsibility of the student and should be included.
Institutional scholarships and grants: Endowed scholarships, annual gifts and tuition funded grants for which the
institution determines the recipient.
Financial need: As determined by your institution using the federal methodology and/or your institution's own standards.
Need-based aid: College-funded or college-administered award from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which
a student must have financial need to qualify. This includes both institutional and noninstitutional student aid (grants, jobs,
and loans).
Need-based scholarship or grant aid: Scholarships and grants from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which a
student must have financial need to qualify.
Need-based self-help aid: Loans and jobs from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which a student must
demonstrate financial need to qualify.
Non-need-based scholarship or grant aid: Scholarships and grants, gifts, or merit-based aid from institutional, state,
federal, or other sources (including unrestricted funds or gifts and endowment income) awarded solely on the basis of
academic achievement, merit, or any other non-need-based reason. When reporting questions H1 and H2, non-need-based
aid that is used to meet need should be counted as need-based aid.
Note: Suggested order of precedence for counting non-need money as need-based:
Non-need institutional grants
Non-need tuition waivers
Non-need athletic awards
Non-need federal grants
Non-need state grants
Non-need outside grants
Non-need student loans
Non-need parent loans
Non-need work
Non-need-based self-help aid: Loans and jobs from institutional, state, or other sources for which a student need not
demonstrate financial need to qualify.
External scholarships and grants: Scholarships and grants received from outside (private) sources that students bring with
them (e.g., Kiwanis, National Merit scholarships). The institution may process paperwork to receive the dollars, but it has no
role in determining the recipient or the dollar amount awarded.
Work study and employment: Federal and state work study aid, and any employment packaged by your institution in
financial aid awards.
Common Data Set 2008-2009
Aid Awarded to Enrolled Undergraduates
H1. Enter total dollar amounts awarded to enrolled full-time and less than full-time degree-seeking undergraduates (using
the same cohort reported in CDS Question B1, “total degree-seeking” undergraduates) in the following categories.
(Note: If the data being reported are final figures for the 2007-2008 academic year (see the next item below), use the
2007-2008 academic year's CDS Question B1 cohort.) Include aid awarded to international students (i.e., those not
qualifying for federal aid). Aid that is non-need-based but that was used to meet need should be reported in the
need-based aid column. (For a suggested order of precedence in assigning categories of aid to cover need, see the
entry for “non-need-based scholarship or grant aid” on the last page of the definitions section.)
Indicate the academic year for which data are reported for items H1, H2, H2A, and H6 below:
2008-2009 estimated or
2007-2008 final
Which needs-analysis methodology does your institution use in awarding institutional aid? (Formerly H3)
Federal methodology (FM)
Institutional methodology (IM)
Both FM and IM
Need-based
(Include non-need-based
aid use to meet need.)
$
Scholarships/Grants
Federal
State (i.e., all states, not only the state in
which your institution is located)
Institutional: Endowed scholarships,
annual gifts and tuition funded grants,
awarded by the college, excluding athletic
aid and tuition waivers (which are
reported below).
Scholarships/grants from external sources
(e.g., Kiwanis, National Merit) not
awarded by the college
Total Scholarships/Grants
Self-Help
Student loans from all sources (excluding
parent loans)
Non-need-based
(Exclude non-need-based
aid use to meet need.)
$
$1,294,071
$1,701,354
$4,603,876
$1,040,540
$1,837,462
$225,064
$9,436,763
$1,265,604
$4,977,371
$1,735,087
Federal Work-Study
$164,088
State and other (e.g., institutional) workstudy/employment (Note: Excludes
Federal Work-Study captured above.)
Total Self-Help
$259,964
$52,889
$5,401,423
$1,787,976
$815,981
$61,425
$1,016,948
$39,959
$568,907
$437,160
Parent Loans
Tuition Waivers
Note: Reporting is optional. Report tuition
waivers in this row if you choose to report
them. Do not report tuition waivers
elsewhere.
Athletic Awards
Common Data Set 2008-2009
H2. Number of Enrolled Students Awarded Aid: List the number of degree-seeking full-time and less-than-full-time
undergraduates who applied for and were awarded financial aid from any source. Aid that is non-need-based but that
was used to meet need should be counted as need-based aid. Numbers should reflect the cohort awarded the dollars
reported in H1. Note: In the chart below, students may be counted in more than one row, and full-time freshmen should
also be counted as full-time undergraduates.
First-time
Full-time
Less Than
Full-time
Undergrad
Full-time
Freshmen
(Incl. Fresh) Undergrad
a) Number of degree-seeking undergraduate students (CDS Item B1 if
209
835
161
reporting on Fall 2008 cohort)
197
777
153
b) Number of students in line a who applied for need-based financial aid
c) Number of students in line b who were determined to have financial need
168
698
139
d) Number of students in line c who were awarded any financial aid
e)
Number of students in line d who were awarded any need-based
scholarship or grant aid
f) Number of students in line d who were awarded any need-based self-help
aid
g) Number of students in line d who were awarded any non-need-based
scholarship or grant aid
h) Number of students in line d whose need was fully met (exclude PLUS
loans, unsubsidized loans, and private alternative loans)
i) On average, the percentage of need that was met of students who were
awarded any need-based aid. Exclude any aid that was awarded in excess
of need as well as any resources that were awarded to replace EFC
(PLUS loans, unsubsidized loans, and private alternative loans)
j) The average financial aid package of those in line d. Exclude any
resources that were awarded to replace EFC (PLUS loans, unsubsidized
loans, and private alternative loans)
k) Average need-based scholarship or grant award of those in line e
l)
168
698
138
168
683
127
130
578
121
23
66
6
32
115
10
80.6 %
71.0 %
56.8 %
$19,061
$16,369
$14,444
$16,068
$12,782
$10,526
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans,
$3,866
$4,663
$5,425
unsubsidized loans, and private alternative loans) of those in line f
m) Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans, unsubsidized loans,
and private alternative loans) of those in line f who were awarded a need$3,147
$4,083
$4,692
based loan
H2A. Number of Enrolled Students Awarded Non-need-based Scholarships and Grants: List the number of degreeseeking full-time and less-than-full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and who were awarded
institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. Numbers should reflect the cohort awarded the dollars reported
in H1. Note: In the chart below, students may be counted in more than one row, and full-time freshmen should also
be counted as full-time undergraduates.
First-time
Full-time
Less Than
Full-time
Undergrad
Full-time
Freshmen
(Incl. Fresh) Undergrad
n) Number of students in line a who had no financial need and who were
40
133
22
awarded institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid (exclude
those who were awarded athletic awards and tuition benefits)
o) Average dollar amount of institutional non-need-based scholarship and
$14,595
$12,064
$10,598
grant aid awarded to students in line n
p) Number of students in line a who were awarded an institutional non20
64
2
need-based athletic scholarship or grant
q) Average dollar amount of institutional non-need-based athletic
$5,693
$6,670
$5,125
scholarships and grants awarded to students in line p
Common Data Set 2008-2009
Note: These are the graduates and loan types to include and exclude in order
to fill out CDS H4, H4a, H5 and H5a.
Include:
*
*
*
2008 undergraduate class who graduated between July 1, 2007
and June 30, 2008 who started at your institution as firsttime students and received a bachelor's degree between July
1, 2007 and June 30, 2008.
only loans made to students who borrowed while enrolled at
your institution.
co-signed loans.
Exclude:
*
those who transferred in.
*
money borrowed at other institutions.
H4. Provide the percentage of the class (defined above) who borrowed at any time through any loan programs (institutional,
state, Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized, private loans that were certified by your institution,
etc.; exclude parent loans). Include both Federal Direct Student Loans and Federal Family Education Loans.
77 %
H4a. Provide the percentage of the class (defined above) who borrowed at any time through federal loan programs--Federal
Perkins, Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized. Include both Federal Direct Student Loans and Federal Family
Education Loans. NOTE: exclude all institutional, state, private alternative loans and parent loans. 77 %
H5. Report the average per-borrower cumulative undergraduate indebtedness of those in line H4. $27,264
H5a. Report the average per-borrower cumulative undergraduate indebtedness through federal loan programs--Federal
Perkins, Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized. Include both Federal Direct Student Loans and Federal Family
Education Loans. These are listed in line H4a. NOTE: exclude all institutional, state, private alternative
loans and exclude parent loans. $15,838
Aid to Undergraduate Degree-seeking Nonresident Aliens (Note: Report numbers and dollar amounts for the same
academic year checked in item H1.)
H6. Indicate your institution’s policy regarding institutional scholarship and grant aid for undergraduate degree-seeking
nonresident aliens:
Institutional need-based scholarship or grant aid is available
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available
Institutional scholarship and grant aid is not available
H7. Check off all financial aid forms nonresident alien first-year financial aid applicants must submit: N/A
Process for First-Year/Freshman Students
H8. Check off all financial aid forms domestic first-year (freshman) financial aid applicants must submit:
FAFSA
Institution’s own financial aid form
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
State aid form
Noncustodial PROFILE
Business/Farm Supplement
Other: _____________________________________________________________
Common Data Set 2008-2009
H9. Indicate filing dates for first-year (freshman) students:
Priority date for filing required financial aid forms: March 1st
Deadline for filing required financial aid forms: N/A
No deadline for filing required forms (applications processed on a rolling basis): Yes
Common Data Set 2008-2009
H10. Indicate notification dates for first-year (freshman) students (answer a or b):
a.) Students notified on or about (date): N/A
b.) Students notified on a rolling basis: Yes
If yes, starting date: February 15th
H11. Indicate reply dates: N/A
Types of Aid Available
Please check off all types of aid available to undergraduates at your institution:
H12. Loans
FEDERAL DIRECT STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM (DIRECT LOAN)
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
Direct PLUS Loans
FEDERAL FAMILY EDUCATION LOAN PROGRAM (FFEL)
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL PLUS Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
Federal Nursing Loans
State Loans
College/university loans from institutional funds
Other (specify): Private, alternate educational loans
H13. Scholarships and Grants
NEED-BASED:
Federal Pell
SEOG
State scholarships/grants
Private scholarships
College/university scholarship or grant aid from institutional funds
United Negro College Fund
Federal Nursing Scholarship
Other (specify): ___________________________________________________________
H14. Check off criteria used in awarding institutional aid. Check all that apply.
Non-need
X
X
Need-based
X
X
X
X
Non-need
Academics
Alumni affiliation
Art
Athletics
Job skills
ROTC
Need-based
X
X
X
X
X
---------------
Leadership
Minority status
Music/drama
Religious affiliation
State/district residency
H15. If your institution has recently implemented any major financial aid policy, program, or initiative to make your
institution more affordable to incoming students such as replacing loans with grants, or waiving costs for families below a
certain income level please provide details: N/A
Common Data Set 2008-2009
I. INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY AND CLASS SIZE
I-1. Please report the number of instructional faculty members in each category for fall 2008. Include faculty who are
on your institution’s payroll on the census date your institution uses for IPEDS/AAUP.
The following definition of full-time instructional faculty is used by the American Association of University Professors
(AAUP) in its annual Faculty Compensation Survey (the part time definitions are not used by AAUP). Instructional Faculty
is defined as those members of the instructional-research staff whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those
with released time for research. Use the chart below to determine inclusions and exclusions:
Full-time
Exclude
Part-time
Include only if
they teach one or
more non-clinical
credit courses
(b) administrative officers with titles such as dean of students,
librarian, registrar, coach, and the like, even though they may
devote part of their time to classroom instruction and may have
faculty status
Exclude
Include if they
teach one or more
non-clinical credit
courses
(C ) other administrators/staff who teach one or more non-clinical
credit courses even though they do not have faculty status
(d) undergraduate or graduate students who assist in the instruction
of courses, but have titles such as teaching assistant, teaching
fellow, and the like
Exclude
Include
Exclude
Exclude
(e) faculty on sabbatical or leave with pay
Include
Exclude
(f) faculty on leave without pay
Exclude
Exclude
(g) replacement faculty for faculty on sabbatical leave or leave with
pay
Exclude
Include
(a) instructional faculty in preclinical and clinical medicine, faculty
who are not paid (e.g., those who donate their services or are in the
military), or research-only faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or predoctoral fellows
Full-time instructional faculty: faculty employed on a full-time basis for instruction (including those with released time for
research)
Part-time instructional faculty: Adjuncts and other instructors being paid solely for part-time classroom instruction. Also
includes full-time faculty teaching less than two semesters, three quarters, two trimesters, or two four-month sessions.
Employees who are not considered full-time instruction faculty but who teach one or more non-clinical credit courses may
be counted as part-time faculty.
Minority faculty: includes faculty who designate themselves as black, non-Hispanic; American Indian or Alaskan native;
Asian or Pacific Islander; or Hispanic.
Doctorate: includes such degrees as Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Juridical Science, and Doctor of
Public Health in any field such as arts, sciences, education, engineering, business, and public administration.
First-professional: includes the fields of dentistry (DDS or DMD), medicine (MD), optometry (OD), osteopathic medicine
(DO), pharmacy (DPharm or BPharm), podiatric medicine (DPM), veterinary medicine (DVM), chiropractic (DC or DCM),
law (JD) and theological professions (MDiv, MHL).
Terminal master’s degree: a master’s degree that is considered the highest degree in a field: example, M. Arch ( in
architecture) and MFA (master of fine arts in art or theater).
Common Data Set 2008-2009
a.) Total number of instructional faculty
b.) Total number who are members of
minority groups
c.) Total number who are women
d.) Total number who are men
e.) Total number who are nonresident aliens
(international)
f.) Total number with doctorate, first
professional, or other terminal degree
g.) Total number whose highest degree is a
master’s but not a terminal master’s
h.) Total number whose highest degree is a
bachelor’s
i.) Total number whose highest degree is
unknown or other (Note: Items f, g, h,
and i must sum up to item a.)
j.) Total number in stand-alone
graduate/professional programs in which
faculty teach virtually only graduate-level
students
Full-time
79
10
Part-time
119
9
Total
198
19
28
51
0
53
66
0
81
117
0
60
30
90
18
89
107
1
0
1
0
0
0
3
3
6
I-2. Student to Faculty Ratio
Report the fall 2008 ratio of full-time equivalent students (full-time plus 1/3 part time) to full-time equivalent instructional
faculty (full time plus 1/3 part time). In the ratio calculations, exclude both faculty and students in stand-alone graduate or
professional programs such as medicine, law, veterinary, dentistry, social work, business, or public health in which faculty
teach virtually only graduate level students. Do not count undergraduate or graduate student teaching assistants as faculty.
Fall 2008 Student to Faculty ratio: 10 to 1 (based on 1158 students and 115 faculty).
Common Data Set 2008-2009
I-3. Undergraduate Class Size
In the table below, please use the following definitions to report information about the size of classes and class sections
offered in the fall 2008 term.
Class Sections: A class section is an organized course offered for credit, identified by discipline and number, meeting at a
stated time or times in a classroom or similar setting, and not a subsection such as a laboratory or discussion session.
Undergraduate class sections are defined as any sections in which at least one degree-seeking undergraduate student is
enrolled for credit. Exclude distance learning classes and noncredit classes and individual instruction such as dissertation or
thesis research, music instruction, or one-to-one readings. Exclude students in independent study, co-operative programs,
internships, foreign language taped tutor sessions, practicums, and all students in one-on-one classes. Each class section
should be counted only once and should not be duplicated because of course catalog cross-listings.
Class Subsections: A class subsection includes any subsection of a course, such as laboratory, recitation, and discussion
subsections that are supplementary in nature and are scheduled to meet separately from the lecture portion of the course.
Undergraduate subsections are defined as any subsections of courses in which degree-seeking undergraduate students
enrolled for credit. As above, exclude noncredit classes and individual instruction such as dissertation or thesis research,
music instruction, or one-to-one readings. Each class subsection should be counted only once and should not be duplicated
because of cross-listings.
Using the above definitions, please report for each of the following class-size intervals the number of class sections and
class subsections offered in fall 2008. For example, a lecture class with 800 students who met at another time in 40 separate
labs with 20 students should be counted once in the “100+” column in the class section column and 40 times under the “2029” column of the class subsections table.
Number of Class Sections with Undergraduates Enrolled
CLASS
SECTIONS
CLASS SUBSECTIONS
2-9
109
2-9
4
Undergraduate Class Size (provide numbers)
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
68
40
30
6
10-19
4
20-29
6
30-39
1
40-49
0
50-99
16
100+
3
Total
272
50-99
1
100+
0
Total
16
Common Data Set 2008-2009
J. Disciplinary areas of DEGREES CONFERRED
Degrees conferred between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008
For each of the following discipline areas, provide the percentage of diplomas/certificates, associate, and bachelor’s degrees
awarded. To determine the percentage, use majors, not headcount (e.g., students with one degree but a double major will be
represented twice). Calculate the percentage from your institution’s IPEDS Completions by using the sum of 1st and 2nd
majors for each CIP code as the numerator and the sum of the Grand Total by 1st Majors and the Grand Total by 2nd major
as the denominator. If you prefer, you can compute the percentages using 1st majors only.
Category
Diploma/
Certificates
Associate
Agriculture
Natural resources/environmental
science
Architecture
Area and ethnic studies
Communications/journalism
Communication technologies
Computer and information sciences
Personal and culinary services
Education
Engineering
Engineering technologies
Foreign languages and literature
Family and consumer sciences
Law/legal studies
English
Liberal arts/general studies
Library science
Biological/life sciences
Mathematics
Military science and technologies
Interdisciplinary studies
Parks and recreation
Philosophy and religious studies
Theology and religious vocations
Physical sciences
Science technologies
Psychology
Security and protective services
Public administration and social
services
Social sciences
Construction trades
Mechanic and repair technologies
Precision production
Transportation and materials moving
Visual and performing arts
Health professions and related
sciences
Business/marketing
History
TOTAL
Bachelor’s
1%
7%
9%
2%
0.5%
8%
3%
0.5%
1%
13%
7%
5%
6%
1%
CIP 2000 Categories
to Include
1
3
4
5
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
19
22
23
24
25
26
27
29
30
31
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
100%
100%
34%
2%
100%
52
54
Common Data Set 2008-2009
Common Data Set Definitions
♦
All definitions related to the financial aid section appear at the end of the Definitions document.
♦
Items preceded by an asterisk (*) represent definitions agreed to among publishers which do not appear on the CDS
document but may be present on individual publishers’ surveys.
*Academic advisement: Plan under which each student is assigned to a faculty member or a trained adviser, who, through
regular meetings, helps the student plan and implement immediate and long-term academic and vocational goals.
Accelerated program: Completion of a college program of study in fewer than the usual number of years, most often by
attending summer sessions and carrying extra courses during the regular academic term.
Admitted student: Applicant who is offered admission to a degree-granting program at your institution.
*Adult student services: Admission assistance, support, orientation, and other services expressly for adults who have
started college for the first time, or who are re-entering after a lapse of a few years.
American Indian or Alaska native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and who
maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.
Applicant (first-time, first year): 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 acceptance.
This amount is not creditable toward tuition and required fees, nor is it refundable if the student is not admitted to the
institution.
Asian or Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian
Subcontinent, or Pacific Islands. This includes people from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands, American Samoa,
India, and Vietnam.
Associate degree: An award that normally requires at least two but less than four years of full-time equivalent college work.
Bachelor’s degree: An award (baccalaureate or equivalent degree, as determined by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of
Education) that normally requires at least four years but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work.
This includes ALL bachelor’s degrees conferred in a five-year cooperative (work-study plan) program. (A cooperative plan
provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government; thus, it allows students to
combine actual work experience with their college studies.) Also, it includes bachelor’s degrees in which the normal four
years of work are completed in three years.
Black, non-Hispanic: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa (except those of Hispanic origin).
Board (charges): Assume average cost for 19 meals per week or the maximum meal plan.
Books and supplies (costs): Average cost of books and supplies. Do not include unusual costs for special groups of students
(e.g., engineering or art majors), unless they constitute the majority of students at your institution.
Calendar system: The method by which an institution structures most of its courses for the academic year.
Campus Ministry: Religious student organizations (denominational or nondenominational) devoted to fostering religious
life on college campuses. May also refer to Campus Crusade for Christ, an interdenominational Christian organization.
*Career and placement services: A range of services, including (often) the following: coordination of visits of employers
to campus; aptitude and vocational testing; interest inventories, personal counseling; help in resume writing, interviewing,
Common Data Set 2008-2009
launching the job search; listings for those students desiring employment and those seeking permanent positions;
establishment of a permanent reference folder; career resource materials.
Carnegie units: One year of study or the equivalent in a secondary school subject.
Certificate: See Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma.
Class rank: The relative numerical position of a student in his or her graduating class, calculated by the high school on the
basis of grade-point average, whether weighted or unweighted.
College-preparatory program: Courses in academic subjects (English, history and social studies, foreign languages,
mathematics, science, and the arts) that stress preparation for college or university study.
Common Application: The standard application form distributed by the National Association of Secondary School
Principals for a large number of private colleges who are members of the Common Application Group.
*Community service program: Referral center for students wishing to perform volunteer work in the community or
participate in volunteer activities coordinated by academic departments.
Commuter: A student who lives off campus in housing that is not owned by, operated by, or affiliated with the college. This
category includes students who commute from home and students who have moved to the area to attend college.
Contact hour: A unit of measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction given to students. Also referred to as clock
hour.
Continuous basis (for program enrollment): A calendar system classification that is used by institutions that enroll
students at any time during the academic year. For example, a cosmetology school or a word processing school might allow
students to enroll and begin studies at various times, with no requirement that classes begin on a certain date.
Cooperative education program: A program that provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business,
industry, or government.
Cooperative housing: College-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing in which students share room and board expenses
and participate in household chores to reduce living expenses.
*Counseling service: Activities designed to assist students in making plans and decisions related to their education, career,
or personal development.
Credit: Recognition of attendance or performance in an instructional activity (course or program) that can be applied by a
recipient toward the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.
Credit course: A course that, if successfully completed, can be applied toward the number of courses required for achieving
a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.
Credit hour: A unit of measure representing an hour (50 minutes) of instruction over a 15-week period in a semester or
trimester system or a 10-week period in a quarter system. It is applied toward the total number of hours needed for
completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.
Cross-registration: A system whereby students enrolled at one institution may take courses at another institution without
having to apply to the second institution.
Deferred admission: The practice of permitting admitted students to postpone enrollment, usually for a period of one
academic term or one year.
Degree: An award conferred by a college, university, or other postsecondary education institution as official recognition for
the successful completion of a program of studies.
Common Data Set 2008-2009
Degree-seeking students: Students enrolled in courses for credit who are recognized by the institution as seeking a degree
or formal award. At the undergraduate level, this is intended to include students enrolled in vocational or occupational
programs.
Differs by program (calendar system): A calendar system classification that is used by institutions that have
occupational/vocational programs of varying length. These schools may enroll students at specific times depending on the
program desired. For example, a school might offer a two-month program in January, March, May, September, and
November; and a three-month program in January, April, and October.
Diploma: See Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma.
Distance learning: An option for earning course credit at off-campus locations via cable television, internet, satellite classes,
videotapes, correspondence courses, or other means.
Doctoral degree: The highest award a student can earn for graduate study. The doctoral degree classification includes such
degrees as Doctor of Education, Doctor of Juridical Science, Doctor of Public Health, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree
in any field such as agronomy, food technology, education, engineering, public administration, ophthalmology, or radiology.
For the Doctor of Public Health degree, the prior degree is generally earned in the closely related field of medicine or in
sanitary engineering.
Double major: Program in which students may complete two undergraduate programs of study simultaneously.
Dual enrollment: A program through which high school students may enroll in college courses while still enrolled in high
school. Students are not required to apply for admission to the college in order to participate.
Early action plan: 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; the student 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 and enroll full time in
college, usually after completion of their junior year.
Early decision plan: A plan that permits 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 for early decision applicants:
admitted, denied, or not admitted but forwarded for consideration with the regular applicant pool, without prejudice.
English as a Second Language (ESL): A course of study designed specifically for students whose native language is not
English.
Exchange student program-domestic: Any arrangement between a student and a college that permits study for a semester
or more at another college in the United States without extending the amount of time required for a degree. See also Study
abroad.
External degree program: A program of study in which students earn credits toward a degree through independent study,
college courses, proficiency examinations, and personal experience. External degree programs require minimal or no
classroom attendance.
Extracurricular activities (as admission factor): Special consideration in the admissions process given for participation in
both school and nonschool-related activities of interest to the college, such as clubs, hobbies, student government, athletics,
performing arts, etc.
First professional certificate (postdegree): An award that requires completion of an organized program of study designed
for persons who have completed the first professional degree. Examples could be refresher courses or additional units of
study in a specialty or subspecialty.
Common Data Set 2008-2009
First professional degree: An award in one of the following fields: Chiropractic (DC, DCM), dentistry (DDS, DMD),
medicine (MD), optometry (OD), osteopathic medicine (DO), rabbinical and Talmudic studies (MHL, Rav), Pharmacy
(BPharm, PharmD), podiatry (PodD, DP, DPM), veterinary medicine (DVM), law (LLB, JD), divinity/ministry (BD, MDiv).
First-time student: A student attending any institution for the first time at the level enrolled. Includes students enrolled in
the fall term who attended a postsecondary institution for the first time at the same level in the prior summer term. Also
includes students who entered with advanced standing (college credit earned before graduation from high school).
First-time, first-year (freshman) student: A student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level.
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).
First-year student: A student who has completed less than the equivalent of 1 full year of undergraduate work; that is, less
than 30 semester hours (in a 120-hour degree program) or less than 900 contact hours.
Freshman: A first-year undergraduate student.
*Freshman/new student orientation: Orientation addressing the academic, social, emotional, and intellectual issues
involved in beginning college. May be a few hours or a few days in length; at some colleges, there is a fee.
Full-time student (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.
Geographical residence (as admission factor): Special consideration in the admission process given to students from a
particular region, state, or country of residence.
Grade-point average (academic high school GPA): The sum of grade points a student has earned in secondary school
divided by the number of courses taken. The most common system of assigning numbers to grades counts four points for an
A, three points for a B, two points for a C, one point for a D, and no points for an E or F. Unweighted GPA’s assign the
same weight to each course. Weighting gives students additional points for their grades in advanced or honors courses.
Graduate student: A student who holds a bachelor’s or first professional degree, or equivalent, and is taking courses at the
post-baccalaureate level.
*Health services: Free or low cost on-campus primary and preventive health care available to students.
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 Tests of General Educational
Development (GED), or another state-specified examination.
Hispanic: A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin,
regardless of race.
Honors program: Any special program for very able students offering the opportunity for educational enrichment,
independent study, acceleration, or some combination of these.
Independent study: Academic work chosen or designed by the student with the approval of the department concerned,
under an instructor’s supervision, and usually undertaken outside of the regular classroom structure.
In-state tuition: The tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state’s or institution’s residency
requirements.
International student: See Nonresident alien.
International student group: Student groups that facilitate cultural dialogue, support a diverse campus, assist international
students in acclimation and creating a social network.
Internship: Any short-term, supervised work experience usually related to a student’s major field, for which the student
earns academic credit. The work can be full- or part-time, on- or off-campus, paid or unpaid.
Common Data Set 2008-2009
*Learning center: Center offering assistance through tutors, workshops, computer programs, or audiovisual equipment in
reading, writing, math, and skills such as taking notes, managing time, taking tests.
*Legal services: Free or low cost legal advice for a range of issues (personal and other).
Liberal arts/career combination: Program in which a student earns undergraduate degrees in two separate fields, one in a
liberal arts major and the other in a professional or specialized major, whether on campus or through cross-registration.
Master’s degree: An award that requires the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent
of one but not more than two academic years of work beyond the bachelor’s degree.
Minority affiliation (as admission factor): Special consideration in the admission process for members of designated
racial/ethnic minority groups.
*Minority student center: Center with programs, activities, and/or services intended to enhance the college experience of
students of color.
Model United Nations: A simulation activity focusing on conflict resolution, globalization, and diplomacy. Assuming roles
as foreign ambassadors and “delegates,” students conduct research, engage in debate, draft resolutions, and may participate
in a national Model UN conference.
Nonresident alien: A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who is in this country on a visa or
temporary basis and does not have the right to remain indefinitely.
*On-campus day care: Licensed day care for students’ children (usually age 3 and up); usually for a fee.
Open admission: Admission policy under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED equivalency
diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications.
Other expenses (costs): Include average costs for clothing, laundry, entertainment, medical (if not a required fee), and
furnishings.
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 fewer than 12 credits per semester or quarter, or fewer than 24
contact hours a week each term.
*Personal counseling: One-on-one or group counseling with trained professionals for students who want to explore
personal, educational, or vocational issues.
Post-baccalaureate certificate: An award that requires completion of an organized program of study requiring 18 credit
hours beyond the bachelor’s; designed for persons who have completed a baccalaureate degree but do not meet the
requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of master.
Post-master’s certificate: An award that requires completion of an organized program of study of 24 credit hours beyond
the master’s degree but does not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.
Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma: Includes the following three IPEDS definitions for postsecondary awards,
certificates, and diplomas of varying durations and credit/contact hour requirements—
Less Than 1 Academic Year: Requires completion of an organized program of study at the postsecondary level
(below the baccalaureate degree) in less than 1 academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters) or in less than 900 contact
hours by a student enrolled full-time.
At Least 1 But Less Than 2 Academic Years: Requires completion of an organized program of study at the
postsecondary level (below the baccalaureate degree) in at least 1 but less than 2 full-time equivalent academic
years, or designed for completion in at least 30 but less than 60 credit hours, or in at least 900 but less than 1,800
contact hours.
At Least 2 But Less Than 4 Academic Years: Requires completion of an organized program of study at the
postsecondary level (below the baccalaureate degree) in at least 2 but less than 4 full-time equivalent academic
years, or designed for completion in at least 60 but less than 120 credit hours, or in at least 1,800 but less than 3,600
contact hours.
Common Data Set 2008-2009
Private 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.
Private for-profit institution: A private institution in which the individual(s) or agency in control receives compensation,
other than wages, rent, or other expenses for the assumption of risk.
Private nonprofit institution: A private institution in which the individual(s) or agency in control receives no
compensation, other than wages, rent, or other expenses for the assumption of risk. These include both independent
nonprofit schools and those affiliated with a religious organization.
Proprietary institution: See Private for-profit institution.
Public 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.
Quarter calendar system: A calendar system in which the academic year consists of three sessions called quarters of about
12 weeks each. The range may be from 10 to 15 weeks. There may be an additional quarter in the summer.
Race/ethnicity: Category used to describe groups to which individuals belong, identify with, or belong in the eyes of the
community. The categories do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins. A person may be counted in only
one group.
Race/ethnicity unknown: Category used to classify students or employees whose race/ethnicity is not known and whom
institutions are unable to place in one of the specified racial/ethnic categories.
Religious affiliation/commitment (as admission factor): Special consideration given in the admission process for
affiliation with a certain church or faith/religion, commitment to a religious vocation, or observance of certain religious
tenets/lifestyle.
*Religious counseling: One-on-one or group counseling with trained professionals for students who want to explore
religious problems or issues.
*Remedial services: Instructional courses 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 is the exception. Do not include application fees or optional fees such as lab
fees or parking fees.
Resident alien or other eligible non-citizen: A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who has
been admitted as a legal immigrant for the purpose of obtaining permanent resident alien status (and who holds either an
alien registration card [Form I-551 or I-151], a Temporary Resident Card [Form I-688], or an Arrival-Departure Record
[Form I-94] with a notation that conveys legal immigrant status, such as Section 207 Refugee, Section 208 Asylee,
Conditional Entrant Parolee or Cuban-Haitian).
Room and board (charges)—on campus: Assume double occupancy in institutional housing and 19 meals per week (or
maximum meal plan).
Secondary school record (as admission factor): Information maintained by the secondary school that may include such
things as the student’s high school transcript, class rank, GPA, and teacher and counselor recommendations.
Semester calendar system: A calendar system that consists of two semesters during the academic year with about 16 weeks
for each semester of instruction. There may be an additional summer session.
Student-designed major: A program of study based on individual interests, designed with the assistance of an adviser.
Common Data Set 2008-2009
Study abroad: Any 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.
*Summer session: A summer session is shorter than a regular semester and not considered part of the academic year. It is
not the third term of an institution operating on a trimester system or the fourth term of an institution operating on a quarter
calendar system. The institution may have 2 or more sessions occurring in the summer months. Some schools, such as
vocational and beauty schools, have year-round classes with no separate summer session.
Talent/ability (as admission factor): Special consideration given to students with demonstrated talent/abilities in areas of
interest to the institution (e.g., sports, the arts, languages, etc.).
Teacher certification program: Program designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers
in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.
Transfer 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 previously attended another college or university and earned
college-level credit.
Transfer student: A student entering the institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a
postsecondary institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate). The student may transfer with or without credit.
Transportation (costs): Assume two round trips to student’s hometown per year for students in institutional housing or
daily travel to and from your institution for commuter students.
Trimester calendar system: An academic year consisting of 3 terms of about 15 weeks each.
Tuition: Amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or
per credit.
*Tutoring: May range from one-on-one tutoring in specific subjects to tutoring in an area such as math, reading, or writing.
Most tutors are college students; at some colleges, they are specially trained and certified.
Unit: a standard of measurement representing hours of academic instruction (e.g., semester credit, quarter credit, contact
hour).
Undergraduate: A student enrolled in a four- or five-year bachelor’s degree program, an associate degree program, or a
vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate.
*Veteran’s counseling: Helps veterans and their dependents obtain benefits for their selected program and provides
certifications to the Veteran’s Administration. May also provide personal counseling on the transition from the military to a
civilian life.
*Visually impaired: Any person whose sight loss is not correctable and is sufficiently severe as to adversely affect
educational performance.
Volunteer work (as admission factor): Special consideration given to students for activity done on a volunteer basis (e.g.,
tutoring, hospital care, working with the elderly or disabled) as a service to the community or the public in general.
Wait list: List of students who meet the admission requirements but will only be offered a place in the class if space
becomes available.
Weekend college: A program that allows students to take a complete course of study and attend classes only on weekends.
White, non-Hispanic: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East
(except those of Hispanic origin).
*Women’s center: Center with programs, academic activities, and/or services intended to promote an understanding of the
evolving roles of women.
Common Data Set 2008-2009
Work experience (as admission factor): Special consideration given to students who have been employed prior to
application, whether for relevance to major, demonstration of employment-related skills, or as explanation of student’s
academic and extracurricular record.
Common Data Set 2008-2009
Financial Aid Definitions
External scholarships and grants: Scholarships and grants received from outside (private) sources that students bring with
them (e.g., Kiwanis, National Merit scholarships). The institution may process paperwork to receive the dollars, but it has no
role in determining the recipient or the dollar amount awarded.
Financial aid applicant: Any applicant who submits any one of the institutionally required financial aid applications/forms,
such as the FAFSA.
Indebtedness: Aggregate dollar amount borrowed through any loan program (federal, state, subsidized, unsubsidized,
private, etc.; excluding parent loans) while the student was enrolled at an institution. Student loans co-signed by a parent are
assumed to be the responsibility of the student and should be included.
Institutional scholarships and grants: Endowed scholarships, annual gifts and tuition funded grants for which the
institution determines the recipient.
Financial need: As determined by your institution using the federal methodology and/or your institution's own standards.
Need-based aid: College-funded or college-administered award from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which
a student must have financial need to qualify. This includes both institutional and non-institutional student aid (grants, jobs,
and loans).
Need-based scholarship or grant aid: Scholarships and grants from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which a
student must have financial need to qualify.
Need-based self-help aid: Loans and jobs from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which a student must
demonstrate financial need to qualify.
Non-need-based scholarship or grant aid: Scholarships and grants, gifts, or merit-based aid from institutional, state,
federal, or other sources (including unrestricted funds or gifts and endowment income) awarded solely on the basis of
academic achievement, merit, or any other non-need-based reason. When reporting questions H1 and H2, non-need-based
aid that is used to meet need should be counted as need-based aid.
Note: Suggested order of precedence for counting non-need money as need-based:
Non-need institutional grants
Non-need tuition waivers
Non-need athletic awards
Non-need federal grants
Non-need state grants
Non-need outside grants
Non-need student loans
Non-need parent loans
Non-need work
Non-need-based self-help aid: Loans and jobs from institutional, state, or other sources for which a student need not
demonstrate financial need to qualify.
Work study and employment: Federal and state work study aid, and any employment packaged by your institution in
financial aid awards.
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