Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

FTE is most commonly calculated for students, but it can also be calculated for faculty data. Student FTE is calculated using students who are registered by the fall semester freeze date, which occurs on the tenth day of classes for the Winona Campus (College) and the end of the sixth week of the semester for the Twin Cities Campus (Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs).

Calculating FTE: The Methods

The student FTE is calculated using one of two unique methods, the 1/3 method or IPEDS method.  When no method of calculation is specified in a data request, The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will report FTE using the IPEDS method.

1/3 METHOD

The FTE of the institution's part-time enrollment is calculated by multiplying all part-time students by 1/3. Part-time FTE is then added to the full-time enrollment headcount to obtain an FTE for all students.

IPEDS METHOD

The student FTE is calculated based on fall student headcount as reported by the institution on the IPEDS Enrollment, which is the same as fall freeze dates. The FTE of the institution's part-time enrollment is calculated by multiplying the factors noted below times the part-time headcount. Part-time FTE is then added to the full-time enrollment headcount to obtain an FTE for all students.

Part-time undergraduate enrollment (.392857)

Part-time graduate enrollment (.382059)

Fall 2021 Enrollment FTE Final.pdf