Student Full Time Equivalent (Student FTE) Policy Term Definition

A measure that seeks to standardize enrollment by controlling for enrollment status (full or part time) and enrollment level (undergraduate, graduate or professional).  Student FTE is measured by dividing the total semester credit hours produced by students in a graduate or undergraduate program during a given time period (semester, academic year) and dividing by the number of semester credit hours considered full time. UTMB uses 12 hours per semester for undergraduates and 9 hours for graduate students. Since medical students do not use semester credit hours, one student equals one FTE.