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Full-time/Part-time Status

Enrollment statistics at a glance

State (two-year) colleges have the largest number and percentage of part-time undergraduates. These colleges also have higher percentages of undergraduates age 25 and older who tend to enroll part time. Most undergraduates attending Minnesota four-year institutions enroll full time as these undergraduates are predominantly age 24 or younger.

Undergraduate Full-Time/Part-Time Intensity by Minnesota Institution Type, Fall 2015

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*Capella and Walden Universities report their nationwide enrollment. Does not include high school students.

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Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Undergraduate Enrollment Intensity Trends in Minnesota, Fall 2006 to 2015

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Does not include high school students or students enrolled at two online only instituitons; Capella and Walden University.

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Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Enrollment by Type of Minnesota Postsecondary Institution, Fall 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015
Includes both undergraduate and graduate students
Public Institutions
2007 2009 2011 2013 2015
State Colleges57,80561,52165,08569,13959,52275,63354,64275,40649,85272,812
State Universities45,99519,35347,46321,11946,71623,10044,27823,71942,00124,523
University of Minnesota53,00913,08755,28012,08456,52612,69455,96212,08455,43011,221
Total Public156,80993,961167,828102,342162,764111,427154,882111,209147,283108,556
Private Institutions
2007 2009 2011 2013 2015
Colleges & Universities50,85515,09050,44316,08751,35814,09950,74614,22650,84015,152
Career Schools17,3778,15026,50510,52816,77812,66712,7979,0549,9396,353
Graduate & Professional Schools1,7951,7941,9441,1481,5021,3151,7509871,4911,028
Online Schools-Capella and Walden21,80629,42236,74235,97041,84743,50842,67442,30745,09142,070
Total Private91,83354,456115,63463,733111,48571,589107,96766,574107,36164,603
All Minnesota Institutions
2007 2009 2011 2013 2015

Source: Office of Higher Education

About Enrollment Intensity

Minnesota postsecondary institutions are asked to report the enrollment status of students as defined by their institution. These data are not the same as enrollment intensity for student financial aid eligibility. In the federal student financial aid system, a full-time undergraduate as a student who is enrolled for 12 or more semester credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. In the Minnesota State Grant Program, undergraduates are full time if they enroll for at least 15 credits per semester.

The Office of Higher Education does not collect or calculate FYE enrollment data. It does collect attendance status data on students, or whether they are enrolled full or part-time. A full-time student has an academic course load that is at least 75 percent of the normal full-time load as defined by the institution. A part-time student has an academic course load that is less than 75 percent of the normal full-time load. Sometimes it is useful to convert headcount into an enrollment equivalent such as full-time equivalent (FTE). Explained below are definitions of enrollment equivalencies used in Minnesota to describe postsecondary student attendance status other than headcount.

In Minnesota, for purposes of state budgeting, the concept of full-year equivalent (FYE) student has been established as the standard means of reporting enrollments for public postsecondary institutions. Minnesota Statute 135A.031, Subd.4. (b) states:

For all purposes where student enrollment is used for budgeting purposes, student enrollment shall be measured in full-year equivalents and shall include only enrollments in courses that award credit or otherwise satisfy any of the requirements of an academic or vocational program.

Public postsecondary institutions calculate FYE students by dividing total student credit hours by the number of credit hours constituting a full load. Under semesters, a full-time load is 30 credit hours for undergraduate and professional courses and 20 credit hours for graduate courses for the academic year.

FYE Data:

FYE enrollment data are not collected for private postsecondary institutions since they do not receive direct state appropriations.

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