Metric Definitions


% receiving Pell Grant aid

Percentage of students enrolled receiving a federal Pell Grant of any amount. A Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. The amount of aid one can receive depends on financial need, the cost of attendance at a particular school, and other factors.  Students and/or their parents must fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance) to determine how much aid they are eligible to receive.  

Average tuition and fees per year

The cost of tuition and mandatory fees charged to a typical undergraduate student taking 30 semester credit hours over the course of a year (15 SCH in fall and 15 SCH in spring).  Actual cost may be higher or lower depending on residency status (in-district, in-state, and out-of-state), program selected, and other factors. Costs may be offset by financial aid that a student receives. The amount of aid available will vary from school to school.

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Part-Time Graduation Rate 

The percentage of first-time, credential-seeking undergraduates who first enrolled taking less than 12 semester credit hours and graduate within three, four, or six academic years with a degree or certificate.  

Full-Time Graduation Rate 

The percentage of first-time, credential-seeking undergraduates who first enrolled taking at least 12 semester credit hours and graduate within three, four, or six academic years with a degree or certificate.

Transfer Graduation Rate

The percentage of transfer students who earned at least 30 semester credit hours at a community college who then graduated from the university within four years. 

Transfer rate

The percentage of students who transferred from a two-year college to a university within six years.  

Developmental Education

Completed College Course 

Percentage of total students below state college readiness standards (called Texas Success Initiative or "TSI") in math, reading, and/or writing who successfully completed a college-level course (math-intensive, reading-intensive, and/or writing-intensive, as applicable) with a grade of A, B, or C within three years of college enrollment. 

Achieved College Readiness  

The percentage of first-time students who were below state readiness standards in math, reading, and/or writing upon entry, who satisfied state standards within two years of college enrollment. Students who do not meet TSI standards may be required to take developmental courses in those subject areas for which they are academically under-prepared; students do not receive college credit for these courses. 

Graduate Success

Graduates enrolled or employed (for two and four year colleges)

The percentage of four-year college graduates employed, in military service, and/or enrolled in graduate school; the percentage of academic or technical two-year college graduates employed, in military service, and/or enrolled in a two- or four- year institution after graduation,as specified.  

Average Time to Degree

Average time in years graduates required to complete a degree.  Bachelor's degrees are, with a few exceptions, designed for 4 years assuming full time enrollment; Associate's degrees are, with a few exceptions, designed for 2 years assuming full time enrollment.  

Average Credits to Degree 

Average semester credit hours graduates accumulated to complete a degree. Bachelor's degrees are, with a few exceptions, designed for 120 credits.  Associate's degrees are, with a few exceptions, designed for 60 credits. 

About the Students

Undergraduate Acceptance Rate 

Percentage of first-time summer/fall applicants accepted by the university

First Time Students in Top 10%

The percentage of first-time undergraduates entering the university who ranked in the top 10 percent of their Texas public or private high school graduating class.

SAT/ACT Test Score Ranges 

Test score ranges are shown for Math and Critical Reading on the SAT test and Math and English on the ACT test; Fifty percent of enrolled full-time students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.


Total enrollment: For 4-year institutions, total undergraduate and graduate enrollment.
Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity: Total undergraduate enrollment by race/ethnicity. 

Full Time vs. Part Time Students 

Percent of students enrolled full time (at least 12 SCH) vs. students enrolled part time (less than 12 SCH)

Dual Credit

Percent of students enrolled who are enrolled in dual-credit courses (college courses for which a student simultaneously earns both high school and college credit).

About the Classes

Student/Faculty Ratio

Ratio of students to college faculty.

% Full time Faculty

Percentage of faculty employed full time by the institution. 

% tenured/tenure track faculty: 

Faculty members with teaching responsibilities who have received or are on a track to receive tenure. 

Other Definitions

Accountability Group

Texas public higher education institutions are grouped according to their general mission. Universities are grouped based on key academic indicators such as size, number of doctoral-research/scholarship programs, and research expenditures. Community colleges are grouped based on size.


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