2015-2016 Common Data Set

A. GENERAL INFORMATION

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A0. Respondent Information (Not for Publication)

Name: Doug Beatty

Title: Director of Analytics

Office: Data Analytics

Mailing Address: 414 N. Meridian St. 6245

City/State/Zip/Country: Newberg, OR 97132 USA

Phone: 503-554-2250

Fax: 503-554-3589

E-mail Address: DirectorOfIR@georgefox.edu

Are your responses to the CDS posted for reference on your institutionís Web site? Yes

If yes, please provide the URL of the corresponding Web page: Common Data Set Link

A0A. We invite you to indicate if there are items on the CDS for which you cannot use the requested analytic convention, cannot provide date for the cohort requested, whose methodology is unclear, or about which you have questions or comments in general. This information will not be published but will help the publishers further refine CDS items:

A1. Address Information

Name of College or University: George Fox University

Mailing Address: 414 N. Meridian St.

City: Newberg

State: OR

Zip: 97132

Country: USA

Street Address (if different):

City:

State:

Zip:

Country:

Main Phone Number: 503-538-8383

WWW Home Page Address: George Fox University Home Page

Admissions Phone Number: 503-554-2240

Admissions Toll-free Number: 1-800-765-4369

Admissions Office Mailing Address: 414 N. Meridian St.

City: Newberg

State: OR

Zip: 97132

Country: USA

Admissions Fax Number: 503-554-3110

Admissions E-mail Address: admissions@georgefox.edu

If there is a separate URL for your schoolís online application, please specify:  Online Application Link

If you have a mailing address other than the above to which applications should be sent, please provide:

A2. Source of institutional control (check one only)

Public:

Private (nonprofit): X

Proprietary:

A3. Classify your undergraduate institution:

Coeducational college: X

Men's college:

Women's college:

A4. Academic year calendar

Semester

X

4-1-4

Quarter

Continuous

Trimester

Differs by program (describe):

Other (describe):

A5. Degrees offered by your institution

Certificate

Postbachelor's certificate

X

Diploma

Master's

X

Associate

Post-master's certificate

X

Transfer

Doctoral degree - research/scholarship

X

Terminal

Doctoral degree - professional practice

X

Bachelor's

X

Doctoral degree - other

B. ENROLLMENT AND PERSISTENCE

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B1. Institutional Enrollment--Men and Women
Provide numbers of students for each of the following categories as of the institution's official fall reporting date or as of October 15, 2015. Note: Report students formerly designated as first professional in the graduate cells.

FULL-TIME

PART-TIME

Men

Women

Men

Women

Undergraduates

Degree-seeking, first-time freshmen

289

344

0

1

Other first-year, degree-seeking

16

27

1

3

All other degree-seeking

740

932

79

126

Total degree-seeking

1045

1303

80

130

All other undergraduates enrolled in credit courses

0

0

9

11

Total undergraduates

1045

1303

89

141

Graduate

Degree-seeking, first-time

76

163

89

85

All other degree-seeking

131

191

225

264

All other graduates enrolled in credit courses

2

4

36

71

Total graduate

209

358

350

420

Note: Table does not include students who cannot be categorized due to missing information (ex gender).

Total all undergraduates: 2591

Total all graduate: 1340

GRAND TOTAL ALL STUDENTS: 3931

B2. Enrollment by Racial/Ethnic Category. Provide numbers of undergraduate students for each of the following categories as of the institution's official fall reporting date or as of October 15, 2015. Include international students only in the category "Nonresident aliens. "Complete the "Total Undergraduate" column only if you cannot provide data for the first two columns. Report as your institution reports to IPEDS: persons who are Hispanic should be reported only on the Hispanic line, not under any race, and persons who are non-Hispanic multi-racial should be reported only under "Two or more races."

Degree-seeking First-time First year

Degree-seeking Undergraduates (include first-time first-year)

Total Undergraduates (both degree- and non-degree-seeking)

Nonresident aliens

10

111

Hispanic/Latino

71

269

Black or African American, non-Hispanic

18

45

White, non-Hispanic

432

1749

American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic

7

16

Asian, non-Hispanic

34

108

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic

6

11

Two or more races, non-Hispanic

52

163

Race and/or ethnicity unknown

4

86

Total

634

2558

Persistence

B3. Number of degrees awarded by your institution from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

Certificate/diploma:

0

Associate degrees:

0

Bachelor's degrees:

596

Postbachelor's certificates:

0

Master's degrees:

299

Post-master's certificates:

8

Doctoral degrees - research/scholarship:

52

Doctoral degrees - professional practice:

50

Doctoral degrees - other:

0

Graduation Rates
The items in this section correspond to data elements collected by the IPEDS Web-based Data Collection System's Graduation Rate Survey (GRS). For complete instructions and definitions of data elements, see the IPEDS GRS instructions and glossary on the 2015 Web-based survey.

For Bachelor's or Equivalent Programs
Please provide data for the Fall 2009 cohort if available. If Fall 2009 cohort data are not available, provide data for the Fall 2008 cohort.

Fall 2009 Cohort
Report for the cohort of full-time first-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered in Fall 2009. Include in the cohort those who entered your institution during the summer term preceding Fall 2009.

B4. Initial 2009 cohort of first-time, full-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students; total all students: 382

B5. Of the initial 2009 cohort, how many did not persist and did not graduate for the following reasons: death, permanent disability, service in the armed forces, foreign aid service of the federal government, or official church missions; total allowable exclusions: 0

B6. Final 2009 cohort, after adjusting for allowable exclusions (Subtract question B5 from question B4) : 382

B7. Of the initial 2009 cohort, how many completed the program in four years or less (by August 31, 2013): 237

B8. Of the initial 2009 cohort, how many completed the program in more than four years but in five years or less (after August 31, 2013 and by August 31, 2014): 28

B9. Of the initial 2009 cohort, how many completed the program in more than five years but in six years or less (after August 31, 2014 and by August 31, 2015): 7

B10. Total graduating within six years (sum of questions B7, B8, and B9): 272

B11. Six-year graduation rate for 2009 cohort (question B10 divided by question B6): 71%

Fall 2008 Cohort
Report for the cohort of full-time first-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered in Fall 2008. Include in the cohort those who entered your institution during the summer term preceding Fall 2008.

B4. Initial 2008 cohort of first-time, full-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students; total all students: 361

B5. Of the initial 2008 cohort, how many did not persist and did not graduate for the following reasons: death, permanent disability, service in the armed forces, foreign aid service of the federal government, or official church missions; total allowable exclusions: 0

B6. Final 2008 cohort, after adjusting for allowable exclusions (Subtract question B5 from question B4) : 361

B7. Of the initial 2008 cohort, how many completed the program in four years or less (by August 31, 2012): 198

B8. Of the initial 2008 cohort, how many completed the program in more than four years but in five years or less (after August 31, 2012 and by August 31, 2013): 40

B9. Of the initial 2008 cohort, how many completed the program in more than five years but in six years or less (after August 31, 2013 and by August 31, 2014): 10

B10. Total graduating within six years (sum of questions B7, B8, and B9): 248

B11. Six-year graduation rate for 2008 cohort (question B10 divided by question B6): 69%

For Two-Year Institutions
Please provide data for the 2012 cohort if available. If 2012 cohort data are not available, provide data for the 2011 cohort.

This section, corresponding to Common Data Set questions B12-B21, is not applicable to George Fox University as it is a Four-Year institution.

Retention Rates
Report for the cohort of all full-time, first-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered in Fall 2014 (or the preceding summer term). The initial cohort may be adjusted for students who departed for the following reasons: death, permanent disability, service in the armed forces, foreign aid service of the federal government or official church missions. No other adjustments to the initial cohort should be made.

B22. For the cohort of all full-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered your institution as freshmen in Fall 2014 (or the preceding summer term), what percentage was enrolled at your institution as of the date your institution calculates its official enrollment in Fall 2015? 80%

C. FIRST-TIME, FIRST-YEAR (FRESHMAN) ADMISSION

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Applications
C1. First-time, first-year (freshman) students: Provide the number of degree-seeking, first-time, first-year students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled (full- or part-time) in Fall 2015. Include early decision, early action, and students who began studies during summer in this cohort. Applicants should include only those students who fulfilled the requirements for consideration for admission (i.e., who completed actionable applications) and who have been notified of one of the following actions: admission, non-admission, placement on waiting list, or application withdrawn (by applicant or institution). Admitted applicants should include wait-listed students who were subsequently offered admission.

Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who applied: 1222

Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who applied: 1779

Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who were admitted: 923

Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who were admitted: 1423

Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled: 289

Total part-time first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled: 2

Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled: 345

Total part-time first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled: 1

C2. Freshman wait-listed students (students who met admission requirements but whose final admission was contingent on space availability)

Do you have a policy of placing students on a waiting list?: No

If yes, please answer the questions below for Fall 2015 admissions:

Number of qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list

Number accepting a place on the waiting list

Number of wait-listed students admitted

Is your waiting list ranked?

If yes, do you release that information to students?

Do you release that information to school counselors?

Admission Requirements
C3. High school completion requirement

Check the appropriate box to identify your high school completion requirement for degree-seeking entering students:

High school diploma is required and GED is accepted: ✔︎

High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted:

High school diploma or equivalent is not required:

C4. Does your institution require or recommend a general college-preparatory program for degree-seeking students?

Require

Recommend: ✔︎

Neither require nor recommend

C5. Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended. Specify the distribution of academic high school course units required and/or recommended of all or most degree-seeking students using Carnegie units (one unit equals one year of study or its equivalent). If you use a different system for calculating units, please convert.

Units Required

Units Recommended

Total academic units

0 16

English

0 4

Mathematics

0 2

Science

0 2

Of these, units that must be lab

0 2

Foreign language

0 2

Social studies

0 3

History

0 2

Academic electives

0 0

Computer Science

0 0

Visual/Performing Arts

0 0

Other (specify)

0 (Health/PE) 1

Basis for Selection

C6. Do you have an open admission policy, under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED equivalency diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications? If so, check which applies:

Open admission policy as described above for all students 

Open admission policy as described above for all students, but

selective admission for out-of-state students 

selective admission to some programs 

other (explain): Factors include academic record, test scores, references and student personal statement. There are grade and test score minimums that a student must meet in order to qualify for admission, however, students are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

C7. Relative importance of each of the following academic and nonacademic factors in your first-time, first-year degree-seeking (freshman) admission decisions.

Very Important

Important

Considered

Not Considered

Academic

Rigor of secondary school record

✔︎

Class rank

✔︎

Academic GPA

✔︎

Standardized Test Scores

✔︎

Application Essay

✔︎

Recommendation

✔︎

Very Important

Important

Considered

Not Considered

Nonacademic

Interview

✔︎

Extracurricular activities

✔︎

Talent/ability

✔︎

Character/personal qualities

✔︎

First generation

✔︎

Alumni/ae relation

✔︎

Geographical residence

✔︎

State residency

✔︎

Religious affiliation/commitment

✔︎

Racial/ethnic status

✔︎

Volunteer work

✔︎

Work experience

✔︎

Level of applicantís interest

✔︎

SAT and ACT Policies

C8. Entrance exams
A. Does your institution make use of SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test scores in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants? Yes
If yes, place check marks in the appropriate boxes below to reflect your institution's policies for use in admission for Fall 2017.

ADMISSION

Require

Recommend

Require for Some

Consider If Submitted

Not Used

SAT or ACT

✔︎

ACT only

SAT only

SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT

SAT Subject Tests

B. If your institution will make use of the ACT in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants for Fall 2017, please indicate which ONE of the following applies (regardless of whether the writing score will be used in the admissions process):

    ACT with writing required

    ACT with writing recommended

 ✔︎  ACT with or without writing accepted

If your institution will make use of the SAT in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants for Fall 2017 please indicate which ONE of the following applies (regardless of whether the Essay score will be used in the admissions process):

    SAT with Essay component required

    SAT with Essay component recommended

 ✔︎  SAT with or without Essay component accepted

C. Please indicate how your institution will use the SAT or ACT essay component; check all that apply:

SAT essay ACT essay

For admission

For placement

For advising 

In place of an application essay

As a validity check on the application essay

No college policy as of now

Not using essay component

D. In addition, does your institution use applicants' test scores for academic advising?
Yes

E. Latest date by which SAT or ACT scores must be received for fall-term admission: Aug. 31 or the first day of the applicable semester

Latest date by which SAT Subject Test scores must be received for fall-term admission: N/A

F. If necessary, use this space to clarify your test policies (e.g., if tests are recommended for some students, or if tests are not required of some students):

G. Please indicate which tests your institution uses for placement (e.g., state tests):

SAT: ✔︎

ACT: ✔︎

SAT Subject Tests:

AP:

CLEP:

Institutional Exam:

State Exam (specify):

Freshman Profile

Provide percentages for ALL enrolled, degree-seeking, full-time and part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in Fall 2015, including students who began studies during summer, international students/nonresident aliens, and students admitted under special arrangements.

C9. Percent and number of first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in Fall 2015 who submitted national standardized (SAT/ACT) test scores. Include information for ALL enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted test scores. Do not include partial test scores (e.g., mathematics scores but not critical reading for a category of students) or combine other standardized test results (such as TOEFL) in this item. Do not convert SAT scores to ACT scores and vice versa.

 The 25th percentile is the score that 25 percent scored at or below; the 75th percentile score is the one that 25 percent scored at or above.

Percent submitting SAT scores: 78.24 %

Number submitting SAT scores: 507

Percent submitting ACT scores: 40.59 %

Number submitting ACT scores: 263

25th Percentile

75th Percentile

SAT Critical Reading

480 600

SAT Math

480 600

SAT Writing

460 590

SAT Essay

6 8

ACT Composite

21 27

ACT Math

20 27

ACT English

20 26

ACT Writing

6 8

Percent of first-time, first-year (freshman) students with scores in each range:

SAT Critical Reading

SAT Math

SAT Writing

700-800

6.31% 4.73% 4.73%

600-699

19.92% 21.7% 17.75%

500-599

43.2% 42.21% 36.69%

400-499

25.64% 27.02% 34.71%

300-399

4.73% 4.14% 5.92%

200-299

0.0% 0.2% 0.2%

100%

100%

100%

ACT Composite

ACT English

ACT Math

30-36

7.98%

14.45%

7.6%

24-29

43.73%

31.18%

45.63%

18-23

40.3%

39.54%

34.22%

12-17

7.22%

14.07%

12.55%

6-11

0.0%

0.76%

0.0%

Below 6

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

100%

100%

100%

C10. Percent of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school class rank within each of the following ranges (report information for those students from whom you collected high school rank information).

Percent in top tenth of high school graduating class: 25.52%

Percent in top quarter of high school graduating class: 55.65%

Percent in top half of high school graduating class: 82.43%

Top half +

Percent in bottom half of high school graduating class: 17.57%

bottom half = 100%

Percent in bottom quarter of high school graduating class: 5.02%

Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school class rank: 36.88%

C11. Percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school grade-point averages within each of the following ranges (using 4.0 scale). Report information only for those students from whom you collected high school GPA.

Percent who had GPA of 3.75 and higher: 43.54%

Percent who had GPA between 3.50 and 3.74: 19.94%

Percent who had GPA between 3.25 and 3.49: 15.31%

Percent who had GPA between 3.00 and 3.24: 8.61%

Percent who had GPA between 2.50 and 2.99: 10.37%

Percent who had GPA between 2.00 and 2.49: 1.28%

Percent who had GPA between 1.00 and 1.99: 0%

Percent who had GPA below 1.00: 0.16%

100%

C12. Average high school GPA of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted GPA:  3.56

Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school GPA: 96.76%

Admission Policies

C13. Application fee

Does your institution have an application fee? Yes

Amount of application fee: $40

Can it be waived for applicants with financial need? Yes

If you have an application fee and an on-line application option, please indicate policy for students who apply on-line:

Same fee: ✔︎

Free:

Reduced:

Can on-line application fee be waived for applicants with financial need? No

C14. Application closing date

Does your institution have an application closing date? No

Application closing date (fall):

Priority date: Feb. 1

C15. Are first-time, first-year students accepted for terms other than the fall? Yes

C16. Notification to applicants of admission decision sent (fill in one only)

On a rolling basis beginning (date): Nov. 15

By (date):

Other:

C17. Reply policy for admitted applicants (fill in one only)

Must reply by (date):

No set date:

Must reply by May 1 or within ____ weeks if notified thereafter: 2 Weeks

Other:

Deadline for housing deposit (MM/DD):

Amount of housing deposit:

Refundable if student does not enroll?

Yes, in full

Yes, in part

No

C18. Deferred admission: Does your institution allow students to postpone enrollment after admission?

Yes

If yes, maximum period of postponement: 1 Year

C19. Early admission of high school students: Does your institution allow high school students to enroll as full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students one year or more before high school graduation? No

C20. Common application: Question removed from CDS. (Initiated during 2007-2008 cycle)

Early Decision and Early Action Plans

C21. Early decision: Does your institution offer an early decision plan (an admission plan that permits students to apply and be notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date and that asks students to commit to attending if accepted) for first-time, first-year (freshman) applicants for fall enrollment? No

If "yes," please complete the following:

First or only early decision plan closing date:

First or only early decision plan notification date:

Other early decision plan closing date:

Other early decision plan notification date:

For the Fall 2015 entering class:

Number of early decision applications received by your institution:

Number of applicants admitted under early decision plan:

Please provide significant details about your early decision plan:

C22. Early action: Do you have a nonbinding early action plan whereby students are notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date but do not have to commit to attending your college?

Yes

If "yes," please complete the following:

Early action closing date: Nov. 15

Early action notification date: Dec. 23

Is your early action plan a ìrestrictiveî plan under which you limit students from applying to other early plans?

No

D. TRANSFER ADMISSION

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Fall Applicants

D1. Does your institution enroll transfer students? Yes

(If no, please skip to Section E)

If yes, may transfer students earn advanced standing credit by transferring credits earned from course work completed at other colleges/universities? Yes

D2. Provide the number of students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled as degree-seeking transfer students in Fall 2015.

Applicants

Admitted Applicants

Enrolled Applicants

Men

190 112 49

Women

281 161 59

Total

475 273 108

Application for Admission

D3. Indicate terms for which transfers may enroll:
Fall; Spring

D4. Must a transfer applicant have a minimum number of credits completed or else must apply as an entering freshman?
Yes

If yes, what is the minimum number of credits and the unit of measure?
20 (semester)

D5. Indicate all items required of transfer students to apply for admission:

Required of All

Recommended of All

Recommended of Some

Required of Some

Not required

High school transcript

X

College transcript(s)

X

Essay or personal statement

X

Interview

X

Standardized test scores

X

Statement of good standing from prior institution(s)

X

D6. If a minimum high school grade point average is required of transfer applicants, specify (on a 4.0 scale):

D7. If a minimum college grade point average is required of transfer applicants, specify (on a 4.0 scale): 2.60

D8. List any other application requirements specific to transfer applicants:

D9. List application priority, closing, notification, and candidate reply dates for transfer students. If applications are reviewed on a continuous or rolling basis, place a check mark in the "Rolling admission" column.

Priority Date

Closing Date

Notification Date

Reply Date

Rolling Admission

Fall

11/15 X

Winter

Spring

11/1

Summer

D10. Does an open admission policy, if reported, apply to transfer students? No

D11. Describe additional requirements for transfer admission, if applicable:

Transfer Credit Policies

D12. Report the lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit: C

D13. Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a two-year institution:
Number: 64 Unit type: semester

D14. Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a four-year institution:
Number: Unit type:

D15. Minimum number of credits that transfers must complete at your institution to earn an associate degree:

D16. Minimum number of credits that transfers must complete at your institution to earn a bachelor's degree: 30

D17. Describe other transfer credit policies:

E. ACADEMIC OFFERINGS AND POLICIES

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E1. Special study options: Identify those programs available at your institution. Refer to the glossary for definitions.

Accelerated program 

Honors program

Cooperative education program 

Independent study

Cross-registration 

Internships

Distance learning 

Liberal arts/career combination

Double major

Student-designed major

Dual enrollment

Study abroad

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Teacher certification program

Exchange student program (domestic)

Weekend college

External degree program

Other (specify):

E2. Has been removed from the CDS.

E3. Areas in which all or most students are required to complete some course work prior to graduation:

Arts/fine arts

Humanities

Computer literacy

Mathematics

English (including composition)

Philosophy

Foreign languages

Sciences (biological or physical)

History

Social science

Other (describe): Bible and Religion, Global and Cultural Understanding, Communication, Health and Human Performance

Library Collections The CDS Publishers will collect library data again when a new Academic Libraries Survey is in place.

F. STUDENT LIFE

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F1. Percentages of first-time, first-year (freshman) degree-seeking students and degree-seeking undergraduates enrolled in Fall 2015 who fit the following categories:

First-time, first-year (freshman) students

Undergraduates

Percent from out of state (exclude international/nonresident aliens from the numerator and denominator)

48.75% 42.27%

Percent of men who join fraternities

N/A N/A

Percent of women who join sororities

N/A N/A

Percent who live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing

89.51% 55.32%

Percent who live off campus or commute

10.49% 44.68%

Percent of students age 25 and older

0.62 % 2.88 %

Average age of full-time students

18.0 20.0

Average age of all students (full- and part-time)

18.0 20.0

F2. Activities offered Identify those programs available at your institution.

 Campus Ministries

Literary magazine

Radio station

Choral groups

Marching band

Student government

Concert band

Model UN

Student newspaper

Dance

Music ensembles

Student-run film society

Drama/theater

Musical theater

Symphony orchestra

 International Student Organization

Opera

Television station

Jazz band

Pep band

Yearbook

F3. ROTC (program offered in cooperation with Reserve Officers' Training Corps)

Army ROTC is offered: No

On campus:

At cooperating institution (name):

Naval ROTC is offered: No

On campus:

At cooperating institution (name):

Air Force ROTC is offered: Yes

On campus: No

At cooperating institution (name): University of Portland

F4. Housing: Check all types of college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing available for undergraduates at your institution.

Coed dorms

Special housing for disabled students

Men's dorms

Special housing for international students

Women's dorms

Fraternity/sorority housing

Apartments for married students

Cooperative housing

Apartments for single students

Theme Housing

Wellness Housing

Other housing options (specify): Houses

G. ANNUAL EXPENSES

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G0. Please provide the URL of your institutionís net price calculator: http://www.georgefox.edu/college-admissions/scholarships/net-price-calculator.html

Provide 2016 - 2017 academic year costs of attendance for the following categories that are applicable to your institution.

Check here if your institution's 2016 - 2017 academic year costs of attendance are not available at this time and provide an approximate date (i.e., month/day) when your institution's final 2016 - 2017 academic year costs of attendance will be available: 

G1. Undergraduate full-time tuition, required fees, room and board

List the typical tuition, required fees, and room and board for a full-time undergraduate student for the FULL 2016 - 2017 academic year (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours for institutions that derive annual tuition by multiplying credit hour cost by number of credits). A full academic year refers to the period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to two semesters, two trimesters, three quarters, or the period covered by a four-one-four plan. Room and board is defined as double occupancy and 19 meals per week or the maximum meal plan. Required fees include only charges that all full-time students must pay that are not included in tuition (e.g., registration, health, or activity fees.) Do not include optional fees (e.g., parking, laboratory use).

FIRST-YEAR

UNDERGRADUATES

PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS

Tuition:

33370.0 33370.0

PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS

Tuition:

In-District:

In-state (out-of-district):

Out-of-state:

NONRESIDENT ALIENS

Tuition:

REQUIRED FEES:

360.0 360.0

ROOM AND BOARD (on-campus):

10528.0 10528.0

ROOM ONLY: (on-campus)

BOARD ONLY: (on-campus meal plan)

Comprehensive tuition and room and board fee (if your college cannot provide separate tuition and room and board fees):

Other:

G2. Number of credits per term a student can take for the stated full-time tuition: minimum: 12, maximum: 18

G3. Do tuition and fees vary by year of study (e.g., sophomore, junior, senior)? No

G4. Do tuition and fees vary by undergraduate instructional program? No

If yes, what percentage of full-time undergraduates pay more than the tuition and fees reported in G1?

G5. Provide the estimated expenses for a typical full-time undergraduate student:

Residents

Commuters (living at home)

Commuters (not living at home)

Books and supplies:

Room only:

Board only:

Room and board total (if your college cannot provide separate room and board figures for commuters not living at home):

Transportation:

Other expenses:

G6. Undergraduate per-credit-hour charges (tuition only):

PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS:

PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS:

In-district:

In-state (out-of-district):

Out-of-state:

NONRESIDENT ALIENS:

H. FINANCIAL AID

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Aid Awarded to Enrolled Undergraduates

H1. Enter total dollar amounts awarded to enrolled full-time and less-than-full-time degree-seeking undergraduates (using the same cohort reported in CDS Question B1, "total degree-seeking" undergraduates) in the following categories. (Note: If the data being reported are final figures for the 2014-2015 academic year (see the next item below), use the 2014-2015 academic year's CDS Question B1 cohort.) Include aid awarded to international students (i.e., those not qualifying for federal aid). Aid that is non-need-based but that was used to meet need should be reported in the need-based aid columns. (For a suggested order of precedence in assigning categories of aid to cover need, see the entry for "non-need-based scholarship or grant aid" on the last page of the definitions section.)

Indicate the academic year for which data are reported for items H1, H2, H2A, and H6 below:
2015-2016 estimated

Which needs-analysis methodology does your institution use in awarding institutional aid? (Formerly H3)

  • Federal methodology (FM): Yes
  • Institutional methodology (IM): No
  • Both FM and IM: No
Need-based
(Include non-need-based aid used to meet need.)
Non-need-based
(Exclude non-need-based aid used to meet need.)

$

$

Scholarships/Grants

Federal

3,842,462.00 3,708.00

State (i.e., all states, not only the state in which your institution is located)

867,300.00 0.00

Institutional: Endowed scholarships, annual gifts and tuition funded grants, awarded by the college, excluding athletic aid and tuition waivers (which are reported below)

28,639,439.00 2,821,509.00

Scholarships/grants from external sources (e.g., Kiwanis, National Merit) not awarded by the college

1,886,747.81 162,410.00

Total Scholarships/Grants

35,235,948.81 2,987,627.00

Self-Help

Student loans from all sources (excluding parent loans)

13,883,629.00 3,979,606.00

Federal Work-Study

2,899,981.00 7,892.00

State and other (e.g., institutional) work-study/employment (Note: Exclude Federal Work-Study captured above.)

0 0

Total Self-Help

16,783,610.00 3,987,498.00

Parent Loans

2,571,213.00 3,288,236.00

Tuition Waivers

Reporting is optional. Report tuition waivers in this row if you choose to report them. Do not report tuition waivers elsewhere.

2,253,151.00 399,818.00

Athletic Awards

0 0

H2. Number of Enrolled Students Awarded Aid: List the number of degree-seeking full-time and less-than-full-time undergraduates who applied for and were awarded financial aid from any source. Aid that is non-need-based but that was used to meet need should be counted as need-based aid. Numbers should reflect the cohort awarded the dollars reported in H1. Note: In the chart below, students may be counted in more than one row, and full-time freshmen should also be counted as full-time undergraduates.

First-time Full-time Freshman

Full-time Undergrad (Incl. Fresh)

Less Than Full-time Undergrad

a) Number of degree-seeking undergraduate students (CDS Item B1 if reporting on Fall 2015 cohort)

740 2402 195

b) Number of students in line a who applied for need-based financial aid

664 2039 176

c) Number of students in line b who were determined to have financial need

581 1836 163

d) Number of students in line c who were awarded any financial aid

580 1833 162

e) Number of students in line d who were awarded any need-based scholarship or grant aid

571 1762 98

f) Number of students in line d who were awarded any need-based self-help aid

504 1613 154

g) Number of students in line d who were awarded any non-need-based scholarship or grant aid

41 118 0

h) Number of students in line d whose need was fully met (exclude PLUS loans, unsubsidized loans, and private alternative loans)

97 281 10

i) On average, the percentage of need that was met of students who were awarded any need-based aid. Exclude any aid that was awarded in excess of need as well as any resources that were awarded to replace EFC (PLUS loans, unsubsidized loans, and private alternative loans)

85.07%

85.23%

39.76%

j) The average financial aid package of those in line d. Exclude any resources that were awarded to replace EFC (PLUS loans, unsubsidized loans, and private alternative loans)

$ 24,147.49

$ 23,316.68

$ 7,238.04

k) Average need-based scholarship or grant award of those in line e

$ 18,402.63

$ 17,472.21

$ 4,912.78

l) Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans, unsubsidized loans, and private alternative loans) of those in line f

$ 4,545.09

$ 5,210.57

$ 4,151.80

m) Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans, unsubsidized loans, and private alternative loans) of those in line f who were awarded a need-based loan

$ 2,917.23

$ 3,640.34

$ 4,031.74

H2A. Number of Enrolled Students Awarded Non-need-based Scholarships and Grants: List the number of degree-seeking full-time and less-than-full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and who were awarded institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. Numbers should reflect the cohort awarded the dollars reported in H1. Note: In the chart below, students may be counted in more than one row, and full-time freshmen should also be counted as full-time undergraduates.

First-time Full-time Freshman

Full-time Undergrad (Incl. Fresh)

Less Than Full-time Undergrad

n) Number of students in line a who had no financial need and who were awarded institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid (exclude those who were awarded athletic awards and tuition benefits)

152 526 7

o) Average dollar amount of institutional non-need-based scholarship and grant aid awarded to students in line n

$ 12,406.73

$ 11,603.41

$ 5,428.57

p) Number of students in line a who were awarded an institutional non-need-based athletic scholarship or grant

0 0 0

q) Average dollar amount of institutional non-need-based athletic scholarships and grants awarded to students in line p

$0

$0

$0

H3. Incorporated into H1 above.

Note: Note: These are the graduates and loan types to include and exclude in order to fill out CDS H4 and H5. 

Include:

  • 2015 undergraduate class: all students who started at your institution as first-time students  and received a bachelor's degree between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.
  • Only loans made to students who borrowed while enrolled at your institution.
  • Co-signed loans.

Exclude:

  • Students who transferred in.
  • Money borrowed at other institutions.
  • Parent loans
  • Students who did not graduate or who graduated with another degree or certificate (but no bachelorís degree.

H4. Provide the number of students in the 2015 undergraduate class who started at your institution as first-time students and received a bachelor's degree between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Exclude students who transferred into your institution. 360

H5. Number and percent of students in class (defined in H4 above) borrowing from federal, non-federal, and any loan sources, and the average (or mean) amount borrowed

Number in the class (defined in H4 above) who borrowed Percent of the class (defined above) who borrowed (nearest 1%) Average per-undergraduate-borrower cumulative principal borrowed, of those in the first column (nearest $1)

a) Any loan program: Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized, institutional, state, private loans that your institution is aware of, etc. Include both Federal Direct Student Loans and Federal Family Education Loans.

286

79.44%

$ 22,996.36

b) Federal loan programs: Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized. Include both Federal Direct Student Loans and Federal Family Education Loans.

286

79.44%

$ 23,508.17

c) Institutional loan programs.

0

0.00%

$ 0.00

d) State loan programs.

0

0.00%

$ 0.00

e) Private alternative loans made by a bank or lender.

44

12.22%

$ 35,348.98

Aid to Undergraduate Degree-seeking Nonresident Aliens

(Note: Report numbers and dollar amounts for the same academic year checked in item H1.)

H6. Indicate your institution's policy regarding institutional scholarship or grant aid for undergraduate degree-seeking nonresident aliens:

  • Institutional need-based scholarship or grant aid is available: Yes
  • Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available: Yes
  • Institutional scholarship and grant aid is not available

If institutional financial aid is available for undergraduate degree-seeking nonresident aliens, provide the number of undergraduate degree-seeking nonresident aliens who were awarded need-based or non-need-based aid: 91

Average dollar amount of institutional financial aid awarded to undergraduate degree-seeking nonresident aliens: $ 9,801.81

Total dollar amount of institutional financial aid awarded to undergraduate degree-seeking nonresident aliens: $ 891,965.00

H7. Check off all financial aid forms nonresident alien first-year financial aid applicants must submit:

  • Institution's own financial aid form
  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
  • International Student's Financial Aid Application
  • International Student's Certification of Finances: Yes
  • Other: 

Process for First-Year/Freshman Students

H8. Check off all financial aid forms domestic first-year (freshman) financial aid applicants must submit:

  • FAFSA: Yes
  • Institution's own financial aid form
  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
  • State aid form: Yes
  • Noncustodial PROFILE
  • Business/Farm Supplement
  • Other: 


H9. Indicate filing dates for first-year (freshman) students:

  • Priority date for filing required financial aid forms: February 1
  • Deadline for filing required financial aid forms: 
  • No deadline for filing required forms (applications processed on a rolling basis): Yes

H10. Indicate notification dates for first-year (freshman) students (answer a or b):

a) Students notified on or about (date): 

b) Students notified on a rolling basis:  Yes If yes, starting date:March, 1

H11. Indicate reply dates:

Students must reply by (date):  or within six weeks of notification.

Types of Aid Available

Please check off all types of aid available to undergraduates at your institution:

H12. Loans

FEDERAL DIRECT STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM (DIRECT LOAN)
  • Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans: Yes
  • Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans: Yes
  • Direct PLUS Loans: Yes
  • Federal Perkins Loans: Yes
  • Federal Nursing Loans
  • State Loans
  • College/university loans from institutional funds
  • Other (specify): Yes
    • Alternative Loans

H13. Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based:
  • Federal Pell: Yes
  • SEOG: Yes
  • State scholarships/grants: Yes
  • Private scholarships: Yes
  • College/university scholarship or grant aid from institutional funds: Yes
  • United Negro College Fund
  • Federal Nursing Scholarship
  • Other (specify): 

H14. Check off criteria used in awarding institutional aid. Check all that apply.

Non-need Need-based Non-need Need-based
Yes

Academics

Yes

Leadership

Yes

Alumni affiliations

Yes Yes

Minority status

Yes

Art

Yes

Music/drama

Athletics

Yes Yes

Religious affiliation

Yes

Job skills

State/district residency

ROTC

H15. If your institution has recently implemented any major financial aid policy, program, or initiative to make your institution more affordable to incoming students such as replacing loans with grants, or waiving costs for families below a certain income level please provide details below:

I. INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY AND CLASS SIZE

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I-1. Please report the number of instructional faculty members in each category for Fall 2015. Include faculty who are on your institutionís payroll on the census date your institution uses for IPEDS/AAUP. The following definition of full-time instructional faculty is used by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in its annual Faculty Compensation Survey (the part time definitions are not used by AAUP). Instructional Faculty is defined as those members of the instructional-research staff whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those with released time for research. Use the chart below to determine inclusions and exclusions:

Full-time

Part-time

(a) instructional faculty in preclinical and clinical medicine, faculty who are not paid (e.g., those who donate their services or are in the military), or research-only faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or pre-doctoral fellows Exclude Include only if they teach one or more non-clinical credit courses

(b) administrative officers with titles such as dean of students, librarian, registrar, coach, and the like, even though they may devote part of their time to classroom instruction and may have faculty status

Exclude Include if they teach one or more non-clinical credit courses
(c) other administrators/staff who teach one or more non-clinical credit courses even though they do not have faculty status Exclude Include
(d) undergraduate or graduate students who assist in the instruction of courses, but have titles such as teaching assistant, teaching fellow, and the like Exclude Exclude
(e) faculty on sabbatical or leave with pay Include Exclude
(f) faculty on leave without pay Exclude Exclude
(g) replacement faculty for faculty on sabbatical leave or leave with pay Exclude Include

Full-time instructional faculty: faculty employed on a full-time basis for instruction (including those with released time for research)

Part-time instructional faculty: Adjuncts and other instructors being paid solely for part-time classroom instruction. Also includes full-time faculty teaching less than two semesters, three quarters, two trimesters, or two four-month sessions. Employees who are not considered full-time instructional faculty but who teach one or more non-clinical credit courses may be counted as part-time faculty.

Minority faculty: includes faculty who designate themselves as Black, non-Hispanic; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or Hispanic

Doctorate: includes such degrees as Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Juridical Science, and Doctor of Public Health in any field such as arts, sciences, education, engineering, business, and public administration. Also includes terminal degrees formerly designated as ìfirst professional,î including dentistry (DDS or DMD), medicine (MD), optometry (OD), osteopathic medicine (DO), pharmacy (DPharm or BPharm), podiatric medicine (DPM), veterinary medicine (DVM), chiropractic (DC or DCM), or law (JD).

Terminal masterís degree: a masterís degree that is considered the highest degree in a field: example, M. Arch ( in architecture) and MFA (master of fine arts in art or theater).

Full-time Part-time Total

a.) Total number of instructional faculty

192 234 426

b.) Total number who are members of minority groups

18 8 26

c.) Total number who are women

80 120 200
d.) Total number who are men 112 114 226
e.) Total number who are nonresident aliens (international) 1 2 3
f.) Total number with doctorate or other terminal degree 155 9 164
g.) Total number whose highest degree is a master's but not a terminal master's 30 12 42

h.) Total number whose highest degree is a bachelor's

2 3 5
i.) Total number whose highest degree is unknown or other (Note: Items f, g, h, and i must sum up to item a.) 8 385 393
j.) Total number in stand-alone graduate/professional programs in which faculty teach virtually only graduate-level students 64 285 349

I-2. Student to Faculty Ratio

Report the Fall 2015 ratio of full-time equivalent students (full-time plus 1/3 part-time) to full-time equivalent instructional faculty (full-time plus 1/3 part-time). In the ratio calculations, exclude both faculty and students in stand-alone graduate or professional programs such as medicine, law, veterinary, dentistry, social work, business, or public health in which faculty teach virtually only graduate-level students. Do not count undergraduate or graduate student teaching assistants as faculty.

Fall 2015 Student to Faculty ratio: 14 to 1 (based on 2437 students and 168 faculty).

I-3. Undergraduate Class Size

In the table below, please use the following definitions to report information about the size of classes and class sections offered in the Fall 2015 term.

Class Sections: A class section is an organized course offered for credit, identified by discipline and number, meeting at a stated time or times in a classroom or similar setting, and not a subsection such as a laboratory or discussion session. Undergraduate class sections are defined as any sections in which at least one degree-seeking undergraduate student is enrolled for credit. Exclude distance learning classes and noncredit classes and individual instruction such as dissertation or thesis research, music instruction, or one-to-one readings. Exclude students in independent study, co-operative programs, internships, foreign language taped tutor sessions, practicums, and all students in one-on-one classes. Each class section should be counted only once and should not be duplicated because of course catalog cross-listings.

Class Subsections: A class subsection includes any subsection of a course, such as laboratory, recitation, and discussion subsections that are supplementary in nature and are scheduled to meet separately from the lecture portion of the course. Undergraduate subsections are defined as any subsections of courses in which degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled for credit. As above, exclude noncredit classes and individual instruction such as dissertation or thesis research, music instruction, or one-to-one readings. Each class subsection should be counted only once and should not be duplicated because of cross-listings.

Using the above definitions, please report for each of the following class-size intervals the number of class sections and class subsections offered in Fall 2015. For example, a lecture class with 800 students who met at another time in 40 separate labs with 20 students should be counted once in the "100+"column in the class section column and 40 times under the "20-29"column of the class subsections table.

Number of Class Sections with Undergraduates Enrolled

Undergraduate Class Size (provide numbers)

2-9

10-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-99

100+

Total

CLASS SECTIONS

240

251

115

88

27

15

2

738

CLASS SUBSECTIONS

19

61

22

0

0

0

0

102

J. DEGREES CONFERRED

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Degrees conferred between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015

For each of the following discipline areas, provide the percentage of diplomas/certificates, associate, and bachelorís degrees awarded. To determine the percentage, use majors, not headcount (e.g., students with one degree but a double major will be represented twice). Calculate the percentage from your institutionís IPEDS Completions by using the sum of 1st and 2nd majors for each CIP code as the numerator and the sum of the Grand Total by 1st Majors and the Grand Total by 2nd major as the denominator. If you prefer, you can compute the percentages using 1st majors only.

Category

Diploma/Certificates

Associate

Bachelor's

CIP 2011 Categories to Include

Agriculture

0 0 0.00%

1

Natural resources and conservation

0 0 0.00%

3

Architecture

0 0 0.00%

4

Area, ethnic, and gender studies

0 0 0.00%

5

Communication/journalism

0 0 2.99%

9

Communication technologies

0 0 0.00%

10

Computer and information sciences

0 0 1.34%

11

Personal and culinary services

0 0 0.00%

12

Education

0 0 4.63%

13

Engineering

0 0 4.93%

14

Engineering technologies

0 0 0.00%

15

Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics

0 0 0.90%

16

Family and consumer sciences

0 0 0.60%

19

Law/legal studies

0 0 0.00%

22

English

0 0 1.34%

23

Liberal arts/general studies

0 0 0.00%

24

Library science

0 0 0.00%

25

Biological/life sciences

0 0 6.42%

26

Mathematics and statistics

0 0 1.34%

27

Military science and military technologies

0 0 0.00%

28 & 29

Interdisciplinary studies

0 0 12.84%

30

Parks and recreation

0 0 1.94%

31

Philosophy and religious studies

0 0 0.90%

38

Theology and religious vocations

0 0 3.88%

39

Physical sciences

0 0 0.60%

40

Science technologies

0 0 0.00%

41

Psychology

0 0 4.48%

42

Homeland Security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services

0 0 0.00%

43

Public administration and social services

0 0 2.69%

44

Social sciences

0 0 3.13%

45

Construction trades

0 0 0.00%

46

Mechanic and repair technologies

0 0 0.00%

47

Precision production

0 0 0.00%

48

Transportation and materials moving

0 0 0.00%

49

Visual and performing arts

0 0 8.96%

50

Health professions and related programs

0 0 8.81%

51

Business/marketing

0 0 25.82%

52

History

0 0 1.49%

54

Other

0 0 0.00%

TOTAL

100%

100%

100%

Common Data Set Definitions

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All definitions related to the financial aid section appear at the end of the Definitions document.

Items preceded by an asterisk (*) represent definitions agreed to among publishers which do not appear on the CDS document but may be present on individual publishers' surveys.

*Academic advisement: Plan under which each student is assigned to a faculty member or a trained adviser, who, through regular meetings, helps the student plan and implement immediate and long-term academic and vocational goals.

Accelerated program: Completion of a college program of study in fewer than the usual number of years, most often by attending summer sessions and carrying extra courses during the regular academic term.

Admitted student: Applicant who is offered admission to a degree-granting program at your institution.

*Adult student services: Admission assistance, support, orientation, and other services expressly for adults who have started college for the first time, or who are re-entering after a lapse of a few years.

American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and maintaining tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Applicant (first-time, first-year): An individual who has fulfilled the institution's requirements to be considered for admission (including payment or waiving of the application fee, if any) and who has been notified of one of the following actions: admission, nonadmission, placement on waiting list, or application withdrawn (by applicant or institution).

Application fee: That amount of money that an institution charges for processing a student's application for acceptance. This amount is not creditable toward tuition and required fees, nor is it refundable if the student is not admitted to the institution.

Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Associate degree: An award that normally requires at least two but less than four years of full-time equivalent college work.

Bachelor's degree: An award (baccalaureate or equivalent degree, as determined by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education) that normally requires at least four years but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes ALL bachelor's degrees conferred in a five-year cooperative (work-study plan) program. (A cooperative plan provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government;thus, it allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies.) Also, it includes bachelor's degrees in which the normal four years of work are completed in three years.

Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

Board (charges): Assume average cost for 19 meals per week or the maximum meal plan.

Books and supplies (costs): Average cost of books and supplies. Do not include unusual costs for special groups of students (e.g., engineering or art majors), unless they constitute the majority of students at your institution.

Calendar system: The method by which an institution structures most of its courses for the academic year.

Campus Ministry: Religious student organizations (denominational or nondenominational) devoted to fostering religious life on college campuses. May also refer to Campus Crusade for Christ, an interdenominational Christian organization.

*Career and placement services: A range of services, including (often) the following: coordination of visits of employers to campus;aptitude and vocational testing;interest inventories, personal counseling;help in resume writing, interviewing, launching the job search;listings for those students desiring employment and those seeking permanent positions;establishment of a permanent reference folder;career resource materials.

Carnegie units: One year of study or the equivalent in a secondary school subject.

Certificate: See Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma.

Class rank: The relative numerical position of a student in his or her graduating class, calculated by the high school on the basis of grade-point average, whether weighted or unweighted.

College-preparatory program: Courses in academic subjects (English, history and social studies, foreign languages, mathematics, science, and the arts) that stress preparation for college or university study.

Common Application: The standard application form distributed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for a large number of private colleges who are members of the Common Application Group.

*Community service program: Referral center for students wishing to perform volunteer work in the community or participate in volunteer activities coordinated by academic departments.

Commuter: A student who lives off campus in housing that is not owned by, operated by, or affiliated with the college. This category includes students who commute from home and students who have moved to the area to attend college.

Contact hour: A unit of measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction given to students. Also referred to as clock hour.

Continuous basis (for program enrollment): A calendar system classification that is used by institutions that enroll students at any time during the academic year. For example, a cosmetology school or a word processing school might allow students to enroll and begin studies at various times, with no requirement that classes begin on a certain date.

Cooperative housing: College-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing in which students share room and board expenses and participate in household chores to reduce living expenses.

Cooperative education program: A program that provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government.

*Counseling service: Activities designed to assist students in making plans and decisions related to their education, career, or personal development.

Credit: Recognition of attendance or performance in an instructional activity (course or program) that can be applied by a recipient toward the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.

Credit course: A course that, if successfully completed, can be applied toward the number of courses required for achieving a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.

Credit hour: A unit of measure representing an hour (50 minutes) of instruction over a 15-week period in a semester or trimester system or a 10-week period in a quarter system. It is applied toward the total number of hours needed for completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.

Cross-registration: A system whereby students enrolled at one institution may take courses at another institution without having to apply to the second institution.

Deferred admission: The practice of permitting admitted students to postpone enrollment, usually for a period of one academic term or one year.

Degree: An award conferred by a college, university, or other postsecondary education institution as official recognition for the successful completion of a program of studies.

Degree-seeking students: Students enrolled in courses for credit who are recognized by the institution as seeking a degree or formal award. At the undergraduate level, this is intended to include students enrolled in vocational or occupational programs.

Differs by program (calendar system): A calendar system classification that is used by institutions that have occupational/vocational programs of varying length. These schools may enroll students at specific times depending on the program desired. For example, a school might offer a two-month program in January, March, May, September, and November; and a three-month program in January, April, and October.

Diploma: See Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma.

Distance learning: An option for earning course credit at off-campus locations via cable television, Internet, satellite classes, videotapes, correspondence courses, or other means.

Doctorís degree-research/scholarship: A Ph.D. or other doctor's degree that requires advanced work beyond the masterís level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement. Some examples of this type of degree may include Ed.D., D.M.A., D.B.A., D.Sc., D.A., or D.M, and others, as designated by the awarding institution.

Doctorís degree-professional practice: A doctorís degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as ìfirst-professionalî and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.); Law (L.L.B. or J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.

Doctorís degree-other: A doctorís degree that does not meet the definition of a doctorís degree - research/scholarship or a doctorís degree - professional practice.

Double major: Program in which students may complete two undergraduate programs of study simultaneously.

Dual enrollment: A program through which high school students may enroll in college courses while still enrolled in high school. Students are not required to apply for admission to the college in order to participate.

Early action plan: An admission plan that allows students to apply and be notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification dates. If admitted, the candidate is not committed to enroll;the student may reply to the offer under the college's regular reply policy.

Early admission: A policy under which students who have not completed high school are admitted and enroll full time in college, usually after completion of their junior year.

Early decision plan: A plan that permits students to apply and be notified of an admission decision (and financial aid offer if applicable) well in advance of the regular notification date. Applicants agree to accept an offer of admission and, if admitted, to withdraw their applications from other colleges. There are three possible decisions for early decision applicants: admitted, denied, or not admitted but forwarded for consideration with the regular application pool, without prejudice.

English as a Second Language (ESL): A course of study designed specifically for students whose native language is not English.

Exchange student program-domestic: Any arrangement between a student and a college that permits study for a semester or more at another college in the United States without extending the amount of time required for a degree. See also Study abroad.

External degree program: A program of study in which students earn credits toward a degree through independent study, college courses, proficiency examinations, and personal experience. External degree programs require minimal or no classroom attendance.

Extracurricular activities (as admission factor): Special consideration in the admissions process given for participation in both school and nonschool-related activities of interest to the college, such as clubs, hobbies, student government, athletics, performing arts, etc.

First-time student: A student attending any institution 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 advanced standing (college credit earned before graduation from high school).

First-time, first-year (freshman) student: A student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. Includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term. Also includes students who entered with advanced standing (college credits 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;that is, less than 30 semester hours (in a 120-hour degree program) or less than 900 contact hours.

Freshman: A first-year undergraduate student.

*Freshman/new student orientation: Orientation addressing the academic, social, emotional, and intellectual issues involved in beginning college. May be a few hours or a few days in length;at some colleges, there is a fee.

Full-time student (undergraduate): A student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits, 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term.

Geographical residence (as admission factor): Special consideration in the admission process given to students from a particular region, state, or country of residence.

Grade-point average (academic high school GPA): The sum of grade points a student has earned in secondary school divided by the number of courses taken. The most common system of assigning numbers to grades counts four points for an A, three points for a B, two points for a C, one point for a D, and no points for an E or F. Unweighted GPAs/assign the same weight to each course. Weighting gives students additional points for their grades in advanced or honors courses.

Graduate student: A student who holds a bachelorís or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level.

*Health services: Free or low cost on-campus primary and preventive health care available to students.

High school diploma or recognized equivalent: A document certifying the successful completion of a prescribed secondary school program of studies, or the attainment of satisfactory scores on the Test of General Educational Development (GED), or another state-specified examination.

Hispanic or Latino: A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

Honors program: Any special program for very able students offering the opportunity for educational enrichment, independent study, acceleration, or some combination of these.

Independent study: Academic work chosen or designed by the student with the approval of the department concerned, under an instructor's supervision, and usually undertaken outside of the regular classroom structure.

In-state tuition: The tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements.

International students: See Nonresident alien.

International student group: Student groups that facilitate cultural dialogue, support a diverse campus, assist international students in acclimation and creating a social network. .

Internship: Any short-term, supervised work experience usually related to a student's major field, for which the student earns academic credit. The work can be full- or part-time, on- or off-campus, paid or unpaid.

*Learning center: Center offering assistance through tutors, workshops, computer programs, or audiovisual equipment in reading, writing, math, and skills such as taking notes, managing time, taking tests.

*Legal services: Free or low cost legal advice for a range of issues (personal and other).

Liberal arts/career combination: Program in which a student earns undergraduate degrees in two separate fields, one in a liberal arts major and the other in a professional or specialized major, whether on campus or through cross-registration.

Master's degree: An award that requires the successful completion of a program of study of generally one or two full-time equivalent academic years of work beyond the bachelor's degree. Some of these degrees, such as those in Theology (M.Div., M.H.L./Rav) that were formerly classified as "first-professional", may require more than two full-time equivalent academic years of work.

Minority affiliation (as admission factor): Special consideration in the admission process for members of designated racial/ethnic minority groups.

*Minority student center: Center with programs, activities, and/or services intended to enhance the college experience of students of color.

Model United Nations: A simulation activity focusing on conflict resolution, globalization, and diplomacy. Assuming roles as foreign ambassadors and ìdelegates,î students conduct research, engage in debate, draft resolutions, and may participate in a national Model UN conference.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

Nonresident alien: A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who is in this country on a visa or temporary basis and does not have the right to remain indefinitely.

*On-campus day care: Licensed day care for students' children (usually age 3 and up);usually for a fee.

Open admission: Admission policy under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED equivalency diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications.

Other expenses (costs): Include average costs for clothing, laundry, entertainment, medical (if not a required fee), and furnishings.

Out-of-state tuition: The tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the institution's or state's residency requirements.

Part-time student (undergraduate): A student enrolled for fewer than 12 credits per semester or quarter, or fewer than 24 contact hours a week each term.

*Personal counseling: One-on-one or group counseling with trained professionals for students who want to explore personal, educational, or vocational issues.

Post-baccalaureate certificate: An award that requires completion of an organized program of study requiring 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor's;designed for persons who have completed a baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of master.

Post-master's certificate: An award that requires completion of an organized program of study of 24 credit hours beyond the master's degree but does not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.

Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma: Includes the following three IPEDS definitions for postsecondary awards, certificates, and diplomas of varying durations and credit/contact hour requirements --

Less Than 1 Academic Year: Requires completion of an organized program of study at the postsecondary level (below the baccalaureate degree) in less than 1 academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters) or in less than 900 contact hours by a student enrolled full-time.

At Least 1 But Less Than 2 Academic Years: Requires completion of an organized program of study at the postsecondary level (below the baccalaureate degree) in at least 1 but less than 2 full-time equivalent academic years, or designed for completion in at least 30 but less than 60 credit hours, or in at least 900 but less than 1,800 contact hours.

At Least 2 But Less Than 4 Academic Years: Requires completion of an organized program of study at the postsecondary level (below the baccalaureate degree) in at least 2 but less than 4 full-time equivalent academic years, or designed for completion in at least 40 but less than 120 credit hours, or in at least 1,800 but less than 3,600 contact hours.

Private institution: An educational institution controlled by a private individual(s) or by a nongovernmental agency, usually supported primarily by other than public funds, and operated by other than publicly elected or appointed officials.

Private for-profit institution: A private institution in which the individual(s) or agency in control receives compensation, other than wages, rent, or other expenses for the assumption of risk.

Private nonprofit institution: A private institution in which the individual(s) or agency in control receives no compensation, other than wages, rent, or other expenses for the assumption of risk. These include both independent nonprofit schools and those affiliated with a religious organization.

Proprietary institution: See Private for-profit institution.

Public institution: An educational institution whose programs and activities are operated by publicly elected or appointed school officials, and which is supported primarily by public funds.

Quarter calendar system: A calendar system in which the academic year consists of three sessions called quarters of about 12 weeks each. The range may be from 10 to 15 weeks. There may be an additional quarter in the summer.

Race/ethnicity: Category used to describe groups to which individuals belong, identify with, or belong in the eyes of the community. The categories do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins. A person may be counted in only one group.

Race/ethnicity unknown: Category used to classify students or employees whose race/ethnicity is not known and whom institutions are unable to place in one of the specified racial/ethnic categories.

Religious affiliation/commitment (as admission factor): Special consideration given in the admission process for affiliation with a certain church or faith/religion, commitment to a religious vocation, or observance of certain religious tenets/lifestyle.

*Religious counseling: One-on-one or group counseling with trained professionals for students who want to explore religious problems or issues.

*Remedial services: Instructional courses designed for students deficient in the general competencies necessary for a regular postsecondary curriculum and educational setting.

Required fees: Fixed sum charged to students for items not covered by tuition and required of such a large proportion of all students that the student who does NOT pay is the exception. Do not include application fees or optional fees such as lab fees or parking fees.

Resident alien or other eligible non-citizen: A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who has been admitted as a legal immigrant for the purpose of obtaining permanent resident alien status (and who holds either an alien registration card [Form I-551 or I-15], a Temporary Resident Card [Form I-688], or an Arrival-Departure Record [Form I-94] with a notation that conveys legal immigrant status, such as Section 207 Refugee, Section 208 Asylee, conditional Entrant Parolee or Cuban-Haitian).

Room and board (charges)--on campus: Assume double occupancy in institutional housing and 19 meals per week (or maximum meal plan).

Secondary school record (as admission factor): Information maintained by the secondary school that may include such things as the student's high school transcript, class rank, GPA, and teacher and counselor recommendations.

Semester calendar system: A calendar system that consists of two semesters during the academic year with about 16 weeks for each semester of instruction. There may be an additional summer session.

Student-designed major: A program of study based on individual interests, designed with the assistance of an adviser.

Study abroad: Any arrangement by which a student completes part of the college program studying in another country. Can be at a campus abroad or through a cooperative agreement with some other U.S. college or an institution of another country.

*Summer session: A summer session is shorter than a regular semester and not considered part of the academic year. It is not the third term of an institution operating on a trimester system or the fourth term of an institution operating on a quarter calendar system. The institution may have 2 or more sessions occurring in the summer months. Some schools, such as vocational and beauty schools, have year-round classes with no separate summer session.

Talent/ability (as admission factor): Special consideration given to students with demonstrated talent/abilities in areas of interest to the institution (e.g., sports, the arts, languages, etc.).

Teacher certification program: Program designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Transfer applicant: An individual who has fulfilled the institution's requirements to be considered for admission (including payment or waiving of the application fee, if any) and who has previously attended another college or university and earned college-level credit.

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

Transportation (costs): Assume two round trips to student's hometown per year for students in institutional housing or daily travel to and from your institution for commuter students.

Trimester calendar system: An academic year consisting of 3 terms of about 15 weeks each.

Tuition: Amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit.

*Tutoring: May range from one-on-one tutoring in specific subjects to tutoring in an area such as math, reading, or writing. Most tutors are college students; at some colleges, they are specially trained and certified.

Unit: A standard of measurement representing hours of academic instruction (e.g., semester credit, quarter credit, contact hour).

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.

*Veteran's counseling: Helps veterans and their dependents obtain benefits for their selected program and provides certifications to the Veteran's Administration. May also provide personal counseling on the transition from the military to a civilian life.

*Visually impaired: Any person whose sight loss is not correctable and is sufficiently severe as to adversely affect educational performance.

Volunteer work (as admission factor): Special consideration given to students for activity done on a volunteer basis (e.g., tutoring, hospital care, working with the elderly or disabled) as a service to the community or the public in general.

Wait list: List of students who meet the admission requirements but will only be offered a place in the class if space becomes available.

Weekend college: A program that allows students to take a complete course of study and attend classes only on weekends.

White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

*Women's center: Center with programs, academic activities, and/or services intended to promote an understanding of the evolving roles of women.

Work experience (as admission factor): Special consideration given to students who have been employed prior to application, whether for relevance to major, demonstration of employment-related skills, or as explanation of student's academic and extracurricular record.

Financial Aid Definitions

Aid awarded: The dollar amounts offered to financial aid applicants.

Financial aid applicant: Any applicant who submits any one of the institutionally required financial aid applications/forms, such as the FAFSA.

Indebtedness: Aggregate dollar amount borrowed through any loan programs (federal, state, subsidized, unsubsidized, private, etc.;excluding parent loans) while the student was enrolled at an institution. Student loans co-signed by a parent are assumed to be the responsibility of the student and should be included.

Institutional scholarships and grants: Endowed scholarships, annual gifts and tuition funded grants for which the institution determines the recipient.

Financial need: As determined by your institution using the federal methodology and/or your institution's own standards.

Need-based aid: College-funded or college-administered award from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which a student must have financial need to qualify. This includes both institutional and noninstitutional student aid (grants, jobs, and loans).

Need-based scholarship or grant aid: Scholarships and grants from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which a student must have financial need to qualify.

Need-based self-help aid: Loans and jobs from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which a student must demonstrate financial need to qualify.

Non-need-based scholarship or grant aid: Scholarships and grants, gifts, or merit-based aid from institutional, state, federal, or other sources (including unrestricted funds, or gifts and endowment income) awarded solely on the basis of academic achievement, merit, or any other non-need-based reason. When reporting questions H1 and H2, non-need-based aid that is used to meet need should be counted as need-based aid.

Note: Suggested order of precedence for counting non-need money as need-based:

Non-need institutional grants

Non-need tuition waivers

Non-need athletic awards

Non-need federal grants

Non-need state grants

Non-need outside grants

Non-need student loans

Non-need parent loans

Non-need work


Non-need-based self-help aid: Loans and jobs from institutional, state, or other sources for which a student need not demonstrate financial need to qualify.

External scholarships and grants: Scholarships and grants received from outside (private) sources that students bring with them (e.g., Kiwanis, National Merit scholarships). The institution may process paperwork to receive the dollars, but it has no role in determining the recipient or the dollar amount awarded.

Work study and employment: Federal and state work study aid, and any employment packaged by your institution in financial aid awards.