Here are the instructions from IPEDS:


Institutions may use a census date of October 15, 2008, or the end of the institution's drop-add period, or another official fall reporting date to determine the cohort. This should be the same reporting date established for your IPEDS Fall Enrollment report.


We use the end of Add/Drop.


Becky Brodigan

Vice President for Institutional Planning and Assessment

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME  04011



From: Bair, Peggy []
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2012 9:42 AM
To: Common Data Set
Subject: [cds] when do you count a student as enrolled?


We have recently had a discussion with our admissions folks around the concept of enrollment and matriculation. Our admissions folks wait until the end of the add/drop period to say that a person is a student. Even if the student has enrolled for credits and is attending classes, if they leave before the end of add/drop, they refer to them as "melt" and don't count them as enrolled. On the other hand, the registrar's office has been counting students as enrolled when they enroll for credits. Does anyone have a clarification on this? It impacts a number of surveys. Thanks in advance.



Peggy Bair

Institutional Research Analyst

928-350-1110; Fax 928-776-5225


Prescott College

220 Grove Ave.

Prescott, AZ 86301


For the Liberal Arts, the Environment, and Social Justice


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