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General Information

Data sources: Student headcount data are from the Student Information System (PeopleSoft Campus Solutions). PhD support and placement information was provided by departments.

Update frequency: Enrollment and degree counts are updated nightly which means they differ from the census counts taken on a specific day each term to provide official numbers for internal and external reporting. For example, fall 2014 enrollments are those recorded in SIS Campus Solutions when the dashboard is run including changes since the census count was taken three weeks into the semester. Degree counts are updated whenever late-clearing degrees are conferred.

PhD support and placement information is collected from the initial Science departments. The most recent update was July 2012 for placement data and November 2012 for PhD support. 

Content: This page provides program enrollments, such as the number of students in a department’s undergraduate major or PhD program, not enrollments in its courses or taught by its faculty. Consistent with common practice fall enrollment counts are used to track annual trends.

The degrees assigned to an academic year are those conferred in the fall, winter, spring and summer terms. For example, academic year 2011-12 degrees include those awarded in fall 2011, winter 2012, spring 2012, and summer 2012. Therefore no degrees are reported for the current academic year until after the fall semester, and the current year degree counts are partial counts until summer degrees are recorded.  

A few students appear with Degree Level “Unknown” and/or Major/Program “Not Available.” They are cases in which complexities in the student’s record precludes the assignment of a primary major (Campus Solutions Primary Academic Plan).

Selection Options:  This dashboard allows for including only enrolled students (default), only students maintaining matriculation, or students falling into either category.  The Enrollment Status selection options at the top of the page and in the Detail section change in unison.

Access: Everyone with access to the Departmental Metrics dashboard has access to all student data because NYU’s data management policy places no restrictions on access to student data.

Dashboard Organization: The Students page has three parts. The top section – Headcount by Program -- summarizes enrollment and degrees granted in all of a department’s programs. The middle section – Detail – provides trend information on a selected degree level and, if selected, a program. The bottom section contains PhD support and placement information.

Supporting Detail:  The Departmental Metrics dashboard does not provide the ability to identify the individual students enrolled in a program or granted degrees. Detailed enrollment data are available in the Student Records Reporting Dashboard accessed via the Brio portal.

Undergraduate Majors and Graduate Students

This table summarizes enrollment in all the programs of a department or other reporting unit by degree level. The counts are program enrollments, not course enrollments. Undergraduates are included in the counts if they have a primary or secondary major in the department.

Clicking on a degree level label produces a table showing detail by program. In technical terms the detail shows enrollment by Campus Solutions Academic Plan. In the detail table undergraduates are listed by their primary major. It therefore indicates the extent to which the department enrolls multidisciplinary undergraduates. Trend data on the number of students with a primary or secondary major are shown below in the Undergraduate Majors report. 

Degrees Awarded

Parallel to the Enrollment Trend, this table summarizes degrees conferred by degree level. The data shown are for the last four complete academic years to avoid misleading partial-year data. Clicking on a degree level leads to a table showing detail by program. Undergraduates with a primary or secondary major in the department are included. Clicking on a degree level leads to a table showing detail by program. Unlike the Enrollment Trend Detail, Degree Detail categorizes students by the major they completed in the department regardless of whether it was their primary or secondary major.

Undergraduate Majors

This graph measures interdisciplinarity by showing how many undergraduates have a secondary major in the department (or other reporting unit). Detail on the primary majors of those with secondary majors in the department/unit can be obtained by drilling to detail on the Bachelors row of the Undergraduate Majors and Graduate Students graph (see above).

Use note: Occasionally the total primary and secondary majors shown in the graph will exceed the number in the table above. That discrepancy occurs when there is a student with both a primary and a secondary major in the department.


The second section of this dashboard shows details on a selected Degree Level/Program selection. By default, trends are shown for PhD enrollments. In technical terms the detail shows enrollment by Campus Solutions Academic Plan. Drill to detail is not available in these graphs.

Enrollment Trend

This graph displays the enrollment trend for the selected degree level and provides the option of selecting enrollment in a specific program. In general, this is the graphical representation of the enrollment counts listed in the table at the top of the page. However for undergraduates the counts may differ because of secondary majors. For example, the detail table shows that in Fall 2011 there were 97 students with a primary major in Biochemistry. Selecting Degree Level = Bachelors and Program = Biochemistry produces trend lines showing 99 students. The difference is inclusion in the latter count of two students with a secondary major in Biochemistry.

Graduation Trend: Degrees Awarded

This graph displays the trend in degrees award for the selected degree level and provides the option of selecting degree awards in a specific program. It represents the degree counts in the table at the top of the page.

New and Continuing Enrollment

New and continuing students are identified by application status. A new student is in the first semester of a program to which he/she applied. Thus an NYU undergraduate who begins a graduate program is counted as new because an application was required, but a student who changes major remain continuing.

International and Domestic Enrollment

International students are identified by their visa status. International students have non-resident alien visas.


Students’ gender is recorded in Campus Solutions. Students with missing gender information are counted as male.


Ethnicity is reported in federal reporting categories. Students reporting Hispanic origin are counted in that category regardless of race. Non-resident aliens are counted as International regardless of race/ethnicity.

PhD Support

The initial Science departments provided information on the sources from which PhD students have been supported flagging sources they considered Highly Prestigious or Prestigious. Criteria for those assignments were not specified. Some departments provided grant project numbers instead of identifying the source.

PhD Known Placements

The initial Science departments provided as much information as they had available on the jobs or other activities taken by post docs on leaving NYU. Students are grouped by the academic year their PhD was awarded.

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