N-5: ENROLLMENT STATUS


The following statements define the Penn State enrollment reporting status for students. These statements are in accordance with other Penn State policies and with applicable federal requirements.


A. Definitions – this data field is automatically calculated during the registration processes as students register, drop, add, late drop, or withdraw.

Enrolled credits - The total of the number of course credits on the student’s semester enrollment. It includes all credit-bearing courses offered through all delivery methods. Courses taken as “audit” are excluded. Credits earned through credit-by-exam or credit-by-portfolio are excluded.

B. Undergraduate Students

a. All calculations apply to fall, spring, and summer.
b. Full-time – 12 or more enrolled credits
c. Half-time – 6 to 11.5 enrolled credits
d. Less-than-half-time – less than 6 enrolled credits
e. Selected undergraduate courses are defined as full-time enrollment due to co-operative education or internship experiences. Students enrolled in one of these courses are reported as full-time enrollment. (see Section F below)
f. Students approved for concurrent enrollment in the undergraduate/graduate integrated program are reported as undergraduate students.

C. Graduate Students

a. All calculations apply to fall, spring, and summer.
b. Graduate students with no assistantship, time assistantship, and time assistantship are reported as follows:

Full-time – 9 or more enrolled credits
Half-time – 5 to 8.5 enrolled credits
Less-than-half time – less than 5 enrolled credits
c. Graduate students with time assistantship are reported as follows:
Full-time – 6 or more enrolled credits
Half-time – 2 to 5.5 enrolled credits
Less-than-half time – less than 2 enrolled credits
d. A graduate student enrolled in a Ph.D. dissertation 601 course is reported as full-time.
e. A graduate student enrolled in a Ph.D. dissertation 611 course is reported as half-time.

D. Law Students

a. All calculations apply to fall, spring, and summer
b. Full-time – 12 or more enrolled credits
c. Half-time – 6 to 11.5 enrolled credits
d. Less-than-half-time – less than 6 enrolled credits
e. A student enrolled as both a law student and graduate student is reported as a law student.

E. Medical Students

a. Always reported as full-time.
b. A student enrolled as both a medical student and a graduate student is reported as a medical student.

F. Undergraduate Internship and Co-operative Enrollments

a. Federal regulations permit the reporting of full-time status for undergraduate students providing that the work portion of a co-operative education program in which the amount of work performed is equivalent to the academic workload of a full-time student.
b. The Office of the University Registrar maintains a record of approved courses that are to be reported as full-time, even though the number of credits is less than the 12-credit minimum.
c. Academic units must complete the Full-time Equivalent Form for those internship and co-operative courses that will result in reporting students as enrolled full-time.

Approved: ACUE (9-4-03)
Revised: Editorial (5-8-07)
Revised: Editorial (7-12-10)


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