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Definition of Terms


When visiting the IMIR website, the following definitions will enable you to better understand the data you are looking at:


Cohort – First time, full time, baccalaureate degree seeking, student.

First Time Student – A student attending 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 college credit earned before graduation from high school

First-time, first-year (freshman) student (“FTIC”) – A student attending for the first time at undergraduate level.  Includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended for the first time in the prior summer term.  Also includes students who entered with college credit 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, less than 30 semester hours in a 120 hour degree program.

Freeze Date – 15 days after the first day of the semester. 

Freshman – A first year undergraduate student.

Full Time Student – An undergraduate student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits; graduate student enrolled for 9 or more semester credits.

Full-time equivalent – The annual full-time equivalency for students is calculated based on the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) enrollment data.  The total number of student credit hours (SCH) generated by a specific department at a specific course level are aggregated first in order to calculate FTE course credits and the FTEs generated are calculated at the course level (UG lower, UG upper, and Graduate) regardless of the level of the student enrolled in the course.

Annual Undergraduate FTE = SCH/30

Annual Graduate FTE = SCH/24

Under-Represented Minority  -  American Indian, Black, and Hispanic

New StudentA student enrolled for the first time at Clarion.

Transfer Student – A student entering for the first time but know to have previously attended a postsecondary institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate).  The student may transfer with or without credits. 

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.