Fall 2019 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment On and Off Campus

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 at a particular level enrolled in classes, 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 2019 are:

Level On Campus Off Campus Total
Undergraduate 5569.5 350.0 5919.5
Paralegal 86.1 0 86.1
Graduate 1186.4 425.3 1611.7
Law School* 790.4 7.8 798.2
Total FTE Students 7632.4 783.1 8415.5


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