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Data Definitions

Enrollments

New first-time student An undergraduate student who is new to any postsecondary institution (summer school attendance excluded). A new first-time student can have advanced standing.
New transfer An undergraduate student who has transferred from another postsecondary institution and is new to UM.
Freshman An undergraduate student who has accumulated between 0 and 29 credits, including credits transferred to UM.
Sophomore An undergraduate student who has accumulated between 30 and 59 credits, including credits transferred to UM.
Junior An undergraduate student who has accumulated between 60 and 89 credits, including credits transferred to UM.
Senior An undergraduate student who has accumulated at least 90 credits, including credits transferred to UM.
Other UG An undergraduate student whose class standing is post-baccalaureate or special non-degree.
Full time An undergraduate student who is enrolled for 12 or more credit hours or a graduate student who is enrolled for 48 or more units.
Part time An undergraduate student who is enrolled for fewer than 12 credit hours or a graduate student who is enrolled for fewer than 48 units.
New graduate student A student who is new to a graduate program at UM.
Returning undergraduate An undergraduate student who had attended UM as an undergraduate prior to the current semester.
Returning graduate A graduate student who had attended UM prior to the current semester in the same graduate program.
Unduplicated headcount Enrollment is based on the student's first-choice (primary) major. Each student is counted in only one academic unit.
Count of majors Reports utilizing a count of majors consist of numbers based on majors, not headcount. Students with more than one major are counted more than once.
Unduplicated count of majors Reports unduplicate the count of majors at the unit level (department, college, university).

Applications

SAT 25th and 75th percentiles The lower and upper boundary of the middle 50% of combined (verbal and math) SAT scores earned by the cohort of new first-time students.
The 75th percentile represents the score at which 75 percent of the group scored at or below. The 25th percentile represents the score at which 25 percent of the group scored at or below.
SAT Midpoint The SAT midpoint value is calculated by adding the average of the 25th percentile scores for critical reading and math to the average of the 75th percentile scores for critical reading and math.
The 75th percentile represents the score at which 75 percent of the group scored at or below. The 25th percentile represents the score at which 25 percent of the group scored at or below.
Average HS GPA The mean high school GPA earned by the cohort of new first-time students. Note that some high schools in Maryland weight GPAs depending on the level of the course. Therefore, it is possible to obtain a high school GPA greater than 4.0.
Average transfer GPA The mean GPA earned by the cohort of new transfer students at their previous institutions.

Retention & Graduation Rates

Retention rate The proportion of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who started in a given cohort year and are enrolled at UM after the specified number of years.
Graduation rate The proportion of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who started in a given cohort year and graduated with a degree from UM after the specified number of years.

Degrees

Frozen degree data Captured once per year at the end of the fiscal year. Official reporting data.
Refreshed degree data Refreshed twice a year, replacing old data. The historical figures are updated when a degree is entered into the database after the end of the fiscal year.

Employees

EEO category The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) classification of a position used for reporting purposes. It is derived from the appointment title. Some examples are: Exec, Adm, Mgr, Faculty, Professional, Clerical, and Skilled Crafts.
Job category This is a different way of grouping employees. Here, they are grouped into Professor, Assoc Professor, Assistant Professor, Lecturer, Other Faculty, Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, and Other Staff.
SOC code In the fall of 2012, the University transitioned to tracking all employees by Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code. This is now standard practice among employers and has replaced, or is currently replacing, other methods of tracking employees.
View more information on Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Reporting.

Other Terms

Geographic origin The permanent residence where a student is/was living at the time of undergraduate or graduate application to attend UMD. The geographic origin is not necessarily the same as the country of citizenship. Geographic origin is derived from the permanent address of the student as reported in the application.
Student Credit Hour A unit of measure that represents one student engaged in an activity for which one credit hour for a degree or other certificate is granted upon the successful completion of the related course.
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