These classifications provide different lenses through which to view U.S. colleges and universities, offering researchers greater analytic flexibility. These classifications were updated using the most recent national data available as of 2018 and collectively they depict the most current landscape of U.S. colleges and universities.
Bucknell's Profile Across the Six Carnegie Classifications
|(1) Basic||Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences||Bac/A&S|
|(2) Undergraduate Instructional Program||Arts & Sciences plus Professions; Some Graduate Coexistence*||A&S + Prof/SGC|
|(3) Graduate Instructional Program||Post-baccalaureate Comprehensive||Postbac-Comp|
|(4) Enrollment Profile||Very High Undergraduate||VHU|
|(5) Undergraduate Profile||Full-time, Four-year, More Selective, Lower Transfer-in||FT4/MS/LTI|
|(6) Size and Setting||Medium Four-Year, Highly Residential||M4/HR|
*A&S+Prof/SGC: Arts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence. 60-79% of bachelor's degree majors were in the arts and sciences and graduate degrees were observed in up to half of the fields corresponding to undergraduate majors.
Each institution can now be described more comprehensively by its composite profile in the set of all Carnegie classifications. Across all classifications, the theoretical number of possible classificatory combinations far exceeds the number of US higher education institutions. The higher education landscape is thus "patchy," with certain combinations of Carnegie classifications represented by a number of institutions and other combinations with no institutions at all.
One practical consequence occurs in the process of peer selection — no other institution in the Carnegie database is an exact match for Bucknell's profile.