Institutional Research
2012-2013 Fact Book: Explanation of Enrollment Terms and Other Resources

The tables and charts in this section pertain to student enrollment at Miami University.

Because the fall semester of each year usually represents the peak enrollment, most enrollment reporting is done for the fall semester. Enrollment information is captured and "snapshotted" at three separate times during each semester: on the 15th day of the semester, on October 15th (fall reporting only), and 30 days after the end of the semester. This ensures consistent reporting, as enrollment numbers may fluctuate slightly due to changes in the Banner transactional system.

The Fact Book tables primarily use data from the 15th day of the semester. This is generally considered the earliest point of the semester at which enrollment is "stable," as it represents the end of the drop/add period.

The Fact Book also includes data snapshotted on October 15th of each year. October 15th data is used for IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) reporting of fall enrollments to the federal government. The Office of Instutitonal Research also typically uses October 15th data when providing enrollment data to the publishers of college guidebooks (e.g., Peterson's Four-Year Colleges guidebook and U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges issue).

Data reported to the Ohio Board of Regents comes from the end of the semester. End of semester enrollment figures are higher because they contain online and other non-standard course enrollments. Currently, end of semester figures show approximately 1,000 - 1,500 more enrollments than 15th day enrollments; the vast majority of the "extra" students are part-time, non-degree seeking graduate students enrolled in online courses.

Miami University reports data for three campuses: the main campus in Oxford and regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown. Students attending the Dolibois Center in Luxembourg and the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester are counted with the Oxford campus. Student campus is determined by the primary campus indicator on the Banner system. Students may take courses on campuses other than their primary campus.


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