Graduation and Retention Rates

Graduation and Retention Rates

Graduation and Retention Rates

Retention Rate:

This measures the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall. Externally reported retention rate by law measures only full-time, first-time freshmen from fall of their entering semester to fall of their second year.

  • Those meeting that definition who entered in fall 2008 and returned for fall 2009: 75%
  • Those who entered in fall 2009 and returned for fall 2010: 78%
  • The national average: 71-72%
  • Roughly 90% (89.5%) of first-year students who entered in fall 2010 returned for spring 2011

Note: Increased retention is a reflection of academic engagement, student engagement, financial commitment, and a student's sense of satisfaction all coming together at once.

Graduation Rate:

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time, degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

  • 46% of full-time, first-time students graduated or transferred out within 150% of "normal time" to completion for their program, for students who began their studies in fall 2003
  • The 46% rate mentioned is actually the six-year cohort graduation rate only for full-time, first-time freshman students who entered the University in 2003. By law, it doesn't account for part-time students, transfer students, adult program students, or graduate students, nor does it differentiate between students who transfer out versus drop out.
  • The national average for full-time, first-time freshman is just above 50%.

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate:

This measures the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and planning to get a bachelor's degree who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Students who began in fall 2001:

  • Four year: 45%
  • Six year: 55%
  • Eight year: 56%

Students who began in fall 2003:

  • Four year: 31%
  • Six year: 45%