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ACT Scores for entering students

The ACT is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assess students’ academic readiness for college. Scores include all degree-seeking, full-time and part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in fall, including students who began studies during summer.

All Academics

Generally includes all 9 academic institutions unless otherwise noted.

Available University Fund (AUF)

Distributions from the total return on all investment assets of the Permanent University Fund. AUF distribution represents the 45% "Excellence" distribution made in accordance with the Regental AUF Spending Policy.

Academic Cost (used by IPEDS)

(as used in the dashboard indicator). For a resident first-time, full-time undergraduate living on campus. The sum of

  • Published tuition and fees (in-state)
  • Books and supplies.
American Indian or Alaskan Native

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains a tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Asian

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Average Semesters Toward Degree

The average number of fall and spring semesters attended by an undergraduate student. Also referred to as "Average Semesters Enrolled."

Average Credits Attempted

The average number of semester credit hours attempted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters by an undergraduate student. 

Academic Year (AY)

The period of time generally covering the fall and spring semesters. Depending on the metric, summer semesters may be included.