Student Retention and Graduation Statistics

Retention and graduation rates are among the most important factors used in judging the quality of an undergraduate college. The following tables compiled by the Registrar’s office show the retention and graduation rates based on a cohort of full-time first-year students who are seeking a degree for the first time. The first table below gives the data in actual numbers, the second in percentages of the original cohort. Graduate numbers are as of August 31 for each year; retention figures are as of 10th day of the Fall semester.

Link to six-year graduation rates by gender, race/ethnicity, and federal student aid category

Full Cohort Retention and Graduation Headcounts

<—-Returning—> <–Graduates–>
Entering
Year
Entering
Cohort*
2nd Yr 3rd Yr 4th Yr 4 Yrs 5 Yrs 6 Yrs
1991 731 663 600 587 534 566 572
1992 701 618 574 554 510 537 550
1993 737 644 594 576 519 561 569
1994 739 618 570 566 523 552 555
1995 742 665 620 606 557 588 595
1996 771 682 643 626 565 608 620
1997 722 661 610 600 539 579 587
1998 755 691 653 644 593 627 634
1999 761 698 644 637 594 631 636
2000 753 697 662 642 600 632 638
2001 744 692 662 646 608
634
641
2002 777 717 679 670
645
668 672
2003 719 673 645 623 593 622 628
2004 777 716 678 666 631 662 664
2005 764 713 662 653 617 641 649
2006 792 740 698 693 660 682 684
2007 751 689 664 657 624 652 654
2008 813 758 730 721 698 719 722
2009 778 725 697 680 652 676
2010 844 795 759 750 719
2011 739 686 654 648
2012 864 808 768
2013 752 697
2014 765

* cohorts include first-year, first-time, degree-seeking students; students who
were deceased before graduation or later found to be misclassified are removed

Full Cohort Retention and Graduation Rates

<—-Returning—> <—Graduates—>
Entering
Year
Cohort
2nd Yr 3rd Yr 4th Yr 4 Yrs 5 Yrs 6 Yrs
1991 100.0% 90.7% 82.1% 80.3% 73.1% 77.4% 78.2%
1992 100.0% 88.2% 81.9% 79.0% 72.8% 76.6% 78.5%
1993 100.0% 87.4% 80.6% 78.2% 70.4% 76.1% 77.2%
1994 100.0% 83.6% 77.1% 76.6% 70.8% 74.7% 75.1%
1995 100.0% 89.6% 83.6% 81.7% 75.1% 79.2% 80.2%
1996 100.0% 88.5% 83.4% 81.2% 73.3% 78.9% 80.4%
1997 100.0% 91.6% 84.5% 83.1% 74.7% 80.2% 81.3%
1998 100.0% 91.5% 86.5% 85.3% 78.5% 83.0% 84.0%
1999 100.0% 91.7% 84.6% 83.7% 78.1% 82.9% 83.6%
2000 100.0% 92.6% 87.9% 85.3% 79.7% 83.9% 84.7%
2001 100.0% 93.0% 89.0% 86.8% 81.7% 85.2% 86.2%
2002 100.0% 92.3% 87.4% 86.2% 83.0% 86.0% 86.5%
2003 100.0%  93.6% 89.7% 86.6% 82.5% 86.5% 87.3%
2004 100.0% 92.1% 87.3% 85.7% 81.2% 85.2% 85.5%
2005 100.0% 93.3% 86.6% 85.5% 80.8% 83.9% 84.9%
2006 100.0% 93.4% 88.1% 87.5% 83.3% 86.1% 86.4%
2007 100.0% 91.7% 88.4% 87.5% 83.1% 86.8% 87.1%
2008 100.0% 93.2% 89.8% 88.7% 85.9% 88.4% 88.8%
2009 100.0% 93.2% 89.6% 87.4% 83.8% 86.9%
2010 100.0% 94.2% 89.9% 88.9% 85.2%
2011 100.0% 92.8% 88.5% 87.7%
2012 100.0% 93.5% 88.9%
2013 100.0% 92.7%
2014 100.0%

 

<—-Returning—> <—Graduates—>
2nd Yr 3rd Yr 4th Yr 4 Yrs 5 Yrs 6 Yrs
most recent
4-year average
93.3% 89.2% 88.2% 84.5% 87.1% 86.8%

 

last update: 9/18/14