Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Terms and Definitions

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C
Class Level/Student Level
Undergraduate Degree-Seeking
  • Freshman: A student who has fewer than 30 earned credit hours
  • Sophomore: A student who has 30-59 earned credit hours
  • Junior: A student who has 60-89 earned credit hours
  • Senior: A student who has at least 90 earned credit hours

Graduate Degree-Seeking
  • Certificate
  • Master's
  • Doctoral Pre-Candidate
  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Law Students are classified as Law Day(full-time program) or Law Evening(part-time program) and by year in program, which is 1, 2, or 3 for Law Day students and 1, 2, 3, or 4 for Law Evening student

Non-degree Seeking
  • Undergraduate Level
  • Graduate Level
  • Law

E
Extended Studies
The enrollment program that serves non-degree-seeking students.

F
First-Time Freshman
Admissions
    An applicant who has never attended any postsecondary institution since graduation from high school, or whose only secondary enrollment was in the summer term immediately prior to a fall applied-for term.
Student Enrollment
    New students who qualify as first-time freshman admissions, including those with sufficient Advanced Placement credit to be granted sophomore class standing.

Full-Time Student
An undergraduate student enrolled for 12 or more credit hours in a term, a graduate student enrolled for 9 or more credit hours in a term, or a law student classified as a day student in a term.

G
Guest Matriculant
A student taking course work at George Mason and applying the credit toward a degree at another institution.

H
Headcount Student
The number of students enrolled for more than zero credit hours in courses offered for degree or certificate credit, including students who are not admitted to a degree program(extended studies). When student headcount is reported by academic division/department, the headcount is attributed to the department that administers the student's primary program of study.

L
Lower Division-Baccalaureate
Courses
    Courses that are part of a baccalaureate program, generally taken by freshman and sophomores, with course numbers in the range of 100-299.
Students
    Students classified as freshman or sophomores

P
Part-Time Student
An undergraduate enrolled for fewer than 12 credit hours in a term, a graduate student enrolled for fewer than 9 credit hours in a term, or a law student classified as an evening student in a term.

R
Resident Alien
A person who is not a citizen or national of the United State, and who has been lawfully admitted for permancent residence ( and who holds alien registration cards form I-551/155).

S
Student FTE (Full Time Equivalent)
A statistics derived from the student credit hour productivity of the institution. In non-summer terms, the number of FTE students is obtained by dividing the total number of undergraduate , first professional(law), and graduate credit hours per term by 15, 15 and 12 respectively. The number of FTE students in summer, and annualized regular sessions(Fall and Spring semesters) is obtained by dividing the total number of undergraduate, first professional, and graduate credit hours per session by 30, 30 and 24 respectively. This definition should be distinguished from the definition of a full-time student.

U
Upper Division-Baccalaureate
Courses
    Courses that are part of a baccalaureate program, generally taken by juniors and seniors, with course numbers in the range of 300-599.
Students
    Students classified as junior or seniors