Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

FTE is most commonly calculated for students, but it can also be calculated for faculty. Student FTE figures are calculated using students who are registered by the fall freeze date. The data freeze dates are approximately the tenth day of classes for the Winona Campus and during approximately the sixth week of the term for the Twin Cities Campus. 

Calculating FTE: The Methods

The student FTE can be calculated using one of three unique methods. If provided no direction on which method of calculation is preferred, The Office of Institutional Research will report FTE using the IPEDS method.

IPEDS Method

The number of FTE students is calculated based on fall student headcounts as reported by the institution on the IPEDS Enrollment. The FTE of the institution's part-time enrollment is estimated by multiplying the factors noted below times the part-time headcount. These are then added to the full-time enrollment headcounts to obtain an FTE for all students enrolled in the fall. This formula is used to produce an FTE that is used annually in the Digest of Education Statistics.

Part-time undergraduate enrollment (.392857)

Part-time graduate enrollment (.382059)

1/3 Method

The FTE of the institution's part-time enrollment is estimated by multiplying all part-time students by 1/3. These are then added to the full-time enrollment headcounts to obtain an FTE for all students enrolled in the fall.

Empower Method

The Empower method utilizes the capability of the Empower database system to obtain the actual percentage of each part-time student to that of a full-time student. The summation of the actual percentages are then added to the full-time enrollment headcounts to obtain an FTE for all students enrolled in the fall.

FTE – All Forms of Calculation (PDFs)

Fall 2015

Fall 2014

Fall 2013

Fall 2012

Fall 2011

Fall 2010

Fall 2009

Fall 2008

Fall 2007

Fall 2006

Fall 2005