Graduation & Retention Rates



Note: The following table includes 9 Class Years and 4-year averages. Please scroll down for the most recent Class Years and 4-year averages. Also, in the following table, the total number of returned students includes students enrolled in approved off-campus study programs.

  Class of '12  Class of '13  Class of '14  Class of '15  Class of '16 
Entered in Fall of:  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012 
 Initial Entering Cohort 488  493  507  483  492 
 Allowable Exclusions
 Adjusted Entering Cohort 488  493  507  483  492 
 Returned in 2nd Year 468  462  492  469  475 
 Cohort Retention Rate 95.9%  93.7%  97.0%  97.1%  96.5% 
 Returned in 3rd Year 448  453  479  458  466 
 3rd-year Retention Rate 91.8%  91.9%  94.5%  94.8%  94.7% 
 Returned in 4th Year 449  457  473  456  461 
 4th-year Retention Rate 92.0%  92.7%  93.3%  94.4%  93.7% 
 Graduated within 4 Years 421  423  453  440  435 
 4-year Graduation Rate 86.3%  85.8%  89.3%  91.1%  88.4% 
 Graduated within 5 Years 449  452  477  457  461 
 5-year Graduation Rate 92.0%  91.7%  94.1%  94.6%  93.7% 
 Graduated within 6 Years 455  458  479  460  N/A 
 6-year Graduation Rate 93.2%  92.9%  94.5%  95.2%  N/A 
           
 Pell Grant Recipients:
 6-year Graduation Rate
87.1%  90.5%  89.9%  94.7%  N/A 
           
  Class of '17  Class of '18  Class of '19  Class of '20  4-Yr 
Averages 
Entered in Fall of:  2013  2014  2015  2016   
 Initial Entering Cohort 497  501  500  503   
 Allowable Exclusions  
 Adjusted Entering Cohort 497  499  498  503   
 Returned in 2nd Year 486  484  467  484   
 Cohort Retention Rate 97.8%  97.0%  93.8%  96.2%  96.2% 
 Returned in 3rd Year 470  467  465  N/A   
 3rd-year Retention Rate 94.6%  93.6%  93.4%  N/A  94.1% 
 Returned in 4th Year 466  474  N/A  N/A   
 4th-year Retention Rate 93.8%  95.0%  N/A  N/A  94.2% 
 Graduated within 4 Years 440  N/A  N/A  N/A   
 4-year Graduation Rate 88.5%  N/A  N/A  N/A  89.3% 
 Graduated within 5 Years N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A   
 5-year Graduation Rate N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  93.5% 
 Graduated within 6 Years N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A   
 6-year Graduation Rate N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  94.0% 


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Last Update: November 15, 2017
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