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Carnegie Classification (2000)
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Description: A code to the represent the classification of degree-granting, accredited institutions as defined by the Carnegie Foundation. A different classification system was used starting in 1994.
Coding:   15 = Doctoral/Research Universities—Extensive - These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. During the period studied, they awarded 50 or more doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 disciplines. (Doctorate-granting Institutions )

  16 = Doctoral/Research Universities—Intensive - These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. During the period studied, they awarded at least ten doctoral degrees per year across three or more disciplines, or at least 20 doctoral degrees per year overall. (Doctorate-granting Institutions )

  21 = Master's Colleges and Universities I - These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master's degree. During the period studied, they awarded 40 or more master's degrees per year across three or more disciplines. (Master's Colleges and Universities )

  22 = Master's Colleges and Universities II - These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master's degree. During the period studied, they awarded 20 or more master's degrees per year. (Master's Colleges and Universities )

  31 = Baccalaureate Colleges—Liberal Arts - These institutions are primarily undergraduate colleges with major emphasis on baccalaureate programs. During the period studied, they awarded at least half of their baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts fields. (Baccalaureate Colleges )

  32 = Baccalaureate Colleges—General - These institutions are primarily undergraduate colleges with major emphasis on baccalaureate programs. During the period studied, they awarded less than half of their baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts fields. (Baccalaureate Colleges )

  33 = Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges - These institutions are undergraduate colleges where the majority of conferrals are below the baccalaureate level (associate's degrees and certificates). During the period studied, bachelor's degrees accounted for at least ten percent of undergraduate awards. (Baccalaureate Colleges )

  40 = Associate's Colleges - These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.1 This group includes institutions where, during the period studied, bachelor's degrees represented less than 10 percent of all undergraduate awards. (Associate's Colleges )

  51 = Specialized Institutions - Seminaries and faith-related - These institutions primarily offer religious instruction or train members of the clergy. (Specialized Institutions )

  52 = Specialized Institutions - Medical schools and centers - These institutions award most of their professional degrees in medicine. In some instances, they include other health professions programs, such as dentistry, pharmacy, or nursing. (Specialized Institutions )

  53 = Specialized Institutions - Other health profession schools - These institutions award most of their degrees in such fields as chiropractic, nursing, pharmacy, or podiatry. (Specialized Institutions )

  54 = Specialized Institutions - Engineering and technology - These institutions award most of their bachelor's or graduate degrees in technical fields of study. (Specialized Institutions )

  55 = Specialized Institutions - Business and management - These institutions award most of their bachelor's or graduate degrees in business or business-related programs. (Specialized Institutions )

  56 = Specialized Institutions - Art, Music, and Design - These institutions award most of their bachelor's or graduate degrees in art, music, design, architecture, or some combination of such fields. (Specialized Institutions )

  57 = Specialized Institutions - Schools of law - These institutions award most of their degrees in law. (Specialized Institutions )

  58 = Specialized Institutions - Teachers colleges - These institutions award most of their bachelor's or graduate degrees in education or education-related fields. (Specialized Institutions )

  59 = Specialized Institutions - Other - Institutions in this category include graduate centers, maritime academies, military institutes, and institutions that do not fit any other classification category. (Specialized Institutions )

  60 = Tribal colleges and universities - These colleges are, with few exceptions, tribally controlled and located on reservations. They are all members of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. (Tribal Colleges and Universities )

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