Classification Description

Enrollment Profile Classification


Enrollment Profile Classification provides a bird’s eye view of the student population by grouping institutions according to the mix of students enrolled at the undergraduate and graduate/professional levels. Exclusively undergraduate institutions are further broken down by level (two-year and four-year). For institutions with both undergraduate and graduate/professional students, institutions are grouped according to t he distribution of full-time equivalent (FTE*) students across the two levels, giving an approximate measure of the student population’s "center of gravity." As a result, it reflects important differences with respect to educational mission as well as institutional climate and culture—differences that can have implications for infrastructure, services, and resource allocation. For more information regarding how this classification is calculated, please see the Enrollment Profile Methodology.

The categories are as follows:

ExU2: Exclusively undergraduate two-year
Fall enrollment data show only undergraduates enrolled at these associate’s degree granting institutions.

ExU4: Exclusively undergraduate four-year
Fall enrollment data show only undergraduates enrolled at these bachelor’s degree granting institutions.

VHU: Very high undergraduate
Fall enrollment data show both undergraduate and graduate/professional students, with the latter group accounting for less than 10 percent of FTE* enrollment.

HU: High undergraduate
Fall enrollment data show both undergraduate and graduate/professional students, with the latter group accounting for 10–24 percent of FTE enrollment.

MU: Majority undergraduate
Fall enrollment data show both undergraduate and graduate/professional students, with the latter group accounting for 25–49 percent of FTE enrollment.

MGP: Majority graduate/professional
Fall enrollment data show both undergraduate and graduate/professional students, with the latter group accounting for at least half of FTE enrollment.

ExGP: Exclusively graduate/professional
Fall enrollment data show only graduate/professional students enrolled.


* FTE: Full-time equivalent enrollment was calculated as full-time plus one-third part-time.

Classifications are time-specific snapshots of institutional attributes and behavior based on data from 2008 and 2010. Institutions might be classified differently using a different time frame.

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