The most common measure of enrollment is a simple headcount of students enrolled in classes. Enrollment can also be measured as full time equivalent (FTE) students, a calculation showing how many students would be attending if all were enrolled full time. The FTE calculation is based on the sum of credits carried by all students enrolled in classes at a particular level, divided by the number of credits in a full-time load:
- 1 FTE undergraduate student = 15 credits
- 1 FTE graduate or paralegal student = 12 credits
- 1 FTE law school student = 14 credits
Most classes are held on the USD campus, but some are not. Examples of credits earned off campus are studies abroad, web-based instruction, and classes taught in other locations.
The FTE enrollments (rounded) for Fall 2008 are as follows:
|Level||On Campus||Off Campus||Total|
|Total FTE Students||6781||350||7131|
* Law School includes students in J.D. (doctoral) and LL.M. (master's) programs.