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Student Enrollment Trends

Student Enrollment Trends features undergraduate and graduate student information spanning the last decade at William & Mary. Two prominent trends highlighted are degrees conferred and enrollment numbers. These data provide unique insights into the academic lives of William & Mary’s students. The data are also key metrics the Provost’s Office and faculty leadership rely on in forecasting future academic needs at William & Mary. 

Explore this data or learn more about the data quality and methodology used.

Questions? Contact [[provostdata]].

Explore the Data

Data and Methodology

Data Quality

Data values may vary depending on the source.

  • Census Data — Institutional Research generates high-quality census data in the fall, spring and summer that are point-in-time. Census data are used for the university’s compliance and other external reporting, the university’s Fact Book, and trends analysis over time.
  • Operational Data — W&M uses Banner Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to manage core day-to-day business activities. The data are generally refreshed nightly.

The types of data or information you will find here.

  • Degrees conferred are degrees graduated in a given academic year. These data can give you an idea of the number of degrees William & Mary graduates in a discipline or by degree.
  • Enrollment numbers provide a “snapshot” of enrollment by discipline/degree. These data will give you an idea of how many students were enrolled in a school, degree, discipline and/or program. Enrollment numbers are based on headcounts, not full-time-equivalency (a single value providing a meaningful combination of full-time and part-time students).
  • Operational data, rather than census data, are used for major and minor counts because census data are “frozen” within the first two weeks of a semester, inadvertently omitting a significant window of when students declare their majors and minors.
  • At the time of data collection, Spring 2022 was the most recent completed semester. Additional recent data will be added as they become available.