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Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment

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 2013 are as follows:

Level On Campus Off Campus Total
Undergraduate 5300 338 5638
Paralegal 170 0 170
Graduate 1124 57 1181
Law School* 788 0 788
Total FTE Students 7382 395 7777


* Law School includes students in J.D. (doctoral) and LL.M. (master's) programs.