Calculated Undergraduate FTE

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Calculated Undergraduate FTE (Full Time Equivalent) is used in IPEDS 12-month enrollment reporting and is calculated as: (State Term Units Attempted for remedial, lower division, and upper division courses / 30).

Note that this definition counts remedial-, lower division-, and upper division-level course activity regardless of the classification of the student taking the course.

Where Term Appears
CSUMB Data Warehouse Dashboards:
Data Custodian
Institutional Assessment and Research
Data Source
Source System:CMS - SA
Source Table Name:PS_CSU_CO_ERSS_STG
Census Process:Yes
Logical Transformation / Calculation
"State Term Remedial Units Attempted Total" + "State Term Units Attempted - Lower Division Total" + "State Term Units Attempted - Upper Division Total"; Divided by 300
OBIEE Folder and Column
Folder Heading:"Total Metrics"
Column Heading:N/A

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Definition Source

"The number of FTE students is calculated based on the credit and/or contact hours reported by the institution on the IPEDS 12-month enrollment (E12) component and the institution's calendar system, as reported on the IC Header component. The following table indicates the level of instructional activity used to convert the credit and/or contact hours reported to an indicator of full-time equivalents (FTE students):  

Quarter calendar system

- Enrollment level (One FTE over 12-month period)             

-Undergraduate 45 credit hours, 900 contact hours             

-Graduate 36 credit hours 

Semester/trimester/4-1-4 plan/other calendar system

-Enrollment level (one FTE over 12-month period)             

-Undergraduate 30 credit hours 900 contact hours               

-Graduate 24 credit hours"[1]


  1. National Center for Education Statistics. IPEDS Data Collection System. Retrieved from: