Office of Policy Analysis & Research

Student Statistics Definitions

AGE
The age of a student as of September 1 of the fall term.
 
ASSOCIATE DEGREE
The award designating the completion of an academic program requiring two years of full-time preparation. Associate degrees are awarded by all of the freshman/sophomore UW Colleges and several of the UW comprehensive institutions.
 
BACHELOR'S DEGREE
The award designating the completion of an academic program requiring four, but not more than five, years of full-time preparation.
 
CIP AREA
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) is the U.S. Department of Education's standard educational program classification system. The first two digits of the six-digit CIP code designate a discipline or CIP area.
 
CLASSIFICATION
A student's current class level based on the completion of institutionally defined credits and/or other school/college requirements.
 
CLINICAL DOCTORATE
An entry-level, first-professional degree program in a health science field, such as audiology or physical therapy. Degree work emphasizes the application of research to clinical practice.
 
COMPREHENSIVE UNIVERSITY
The eleven UW System universities that are primarily designated as bachelor’s and master’s degree granting institutions.
 
CONTINUING STUDENT
A student continuing from the previous semester at the same institution at the same program (undergraduate/graduate) level.
 
CREDITS CARRIED
The number of credits for which a student is registered as of the 10th day of the semester.
 
DEGREES CONFERRED
The number of degrees awarded during a fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
 
DOCTORATE-RESEARCH/SCHOLARSHIP DEGREE
A Ph.D. or other doctor's degree that requires advanced work beyond the master's level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.
 
DOCTORAL UNIVERSITY
The designation for UW System institutions that confer a significant number of Doctorate-Research/Scholarship degrees in addition to bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
 
ENTRANCE STATUS
A category reflecting a student's enrollment status (continuing, new, re-entry, transfer) at the beginning of a term relative to his/her status during the preceding term.
 
FULL TIME EQUIVALENT (FTE)
An enrollment calculation representing one student enrollment at full credit load. FTE calculation is based on the number of credits carried divided by 15, 12 or 7, depending on the student’s program (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral-research/scholarship, professional practice) level.
 
FULL-TIME/PART-TIME STATUS
An enrollment category based on a student's credit load. Full-time undergraduates have 12 or more credits. Full-time master’s, education specialist, clinical doctorate, and graduate specials have 8 or more credits at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee, and 9 or more credits at all other campuses.
 
GENDER
A designation of the sex of the student - male or female.
 
GEOGRAPHIC ORIGIN (STATE)
The state in which the student resided at the time of application. Students not from one of the 50 United States are grouped into 3 additional categories - International, U.S. Territories, and U.S. Citizens Abroad.
 
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL
This category includes both students seeking a graduate degree (Master’s, Education Specialist, or Ph.D.) and professional practice students (who are seeking a degree in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or a clinical doctorate degree). Non-degree seeking students, who are assessed graduate fees, are also included in this category.
 
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL DEGREE
This grouping reports degrees at the Doctorate-Research/Scholarship, Master's, and Professional Practice level.
 
HEADCOUNT
The number of students attending a specific UW System institution or UW College. Students attending more than one UW institution or UW College are counted once at each institution or College that they are attending.
 
INSTITUTION
One of the UW comprehensive or doctoral campuses or the UW Colleges as a collective group.
 
LEVEL
A term describing a combination of classification and entrance status. Student levels include new freshmen, other undergraduates, graduate, and professional.
 
MASTER'S DEGREE
The award designating the completion of an academic program requiring at least one but not more than two years of full-time preparation beyond the bachelor's degree.
 
NEW FRESHMAN / NEW STUDENT
A degree-seeking undergraduate who enrolling for the first time in a UW System institution and is not transferring credits from any other institution. All new degree-seeking undergraduate students, whether or not they are freshmen by classification/credits, are categorized as new freshmen. On reports including both classification and entrance status, the sum of new freshmen, new sophomores, new juniors, and new seniors will equal the new freshman total on other reports.
 
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE DEGREE
A doctorate degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for 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.
 
RACE/ETHNICITY
A student's self-reported race/ethnicity.  International students are classified as a group regardless of race/ethnicity. Beginning in fall 2008, new students were allowed to specify more than one race/ethnicity. Hawaiian/Pacific Islander was also added as a separate race/ethnicity category; prior to 2008, these students were included in the Other Asian group. Beginning in fall 2010, the Hispanic/Latino(a) category includes students identifying as Hispanic/Latino(a) alone or in combination with other race/ethnicities. Also, students who chose not to provide a race/ethnicity are reported in the "Unknown" category; prior to this time, they were reported in the "White" category.
 
RECIPROCITY
A student who is authorized for a tuition rate based on a reciprocity agreement. Most of these students participate through the reciprocity agreement with Minnesota; a few students participate through an agreement with Michigan.
 
RE-ENTRY STUDENT
A student who was enrolled at a particular institution, left for one or more terms, and then re-enrolled at the original institution.
 
RE-ENTRY/TRANSFER STUDENT
A student who had previously attended an institution, left for one or more semesters, and is returning to the same institution with transferable credits.
 
RESIDENT STATUS
A student's resident status for fee purposes (determined by the Registrar at each institution). A student is designated as a Wisconsin resident, a Minnesota or Michigan reciprocity student, or a non-resident. Students participating in tuition discount programs such as Return to Wisconsin, UW-Platteville’s Tri-State program, and the Midwest Student Exchange Program are included in the non-resident category.
 
SPECIAL STUDENT
A student who is enrolled in courses but is not enrolled in a degree program.
 
TRANSFER INSTITUTION
The last institution attended by a transfer or re-entry/transfer student.
 
TRANSFER STUDENT
A transfer student is a student who previously earned credits at another institution.
 
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT
A student who is enrolled in an associate or bachelor’s degree program or enrolled as a special (non-degree seeking) student assessed undergraduate fees.
 
UW COLLEGES
A designation for the thirteen UW System freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online that grant Associate degrees and/or prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions.
 
VETERAN
A student who is a current or former member of the United States Military.
 
WISCONSIN COUNTY OF ORIGIN
The county in which students from Wisconsin resided at the time of application.

 

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