Office of Institutional Research and Planning

Retention and Graduation Reports

The following reports detail both counts and rates of student retention and graduation for
the entering freshmen classes of full-time, first-time students from Fall 1996 to Fall 2013.

  • Retention rates and counts are reported after the 1 semester, 1 year (or 2 semesters), 3 semesters, and 2 years (or 4 semesters).
  • Cumulative Graduation and Continuation rates and counts are provided after 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, and 6 years.


  • The 2009 entering class has a record-breaking four-year graduation rate of 37.4%
  • The six-year graduation rate for the 2006 entering class is the highest recorded at 64.1%

February 24, 2014

Retention and Cumulative Graduation Reports
Rates Counts
By Gender
By Gender
By Residency Status (for fee purposes)
Nonresident and Resident
By Residency Status (for fee purposes)
Nonresident and Resident


* Additional Information

  • Beginning with Fall 2010, additional racial/ethnic groups will be a part of the reporting process. In addition to American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, Black, Hispanic, and White, students can identify themselves as Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or can choose more than one ethnicity (listed as Multiple Ethnicities on the reports). International students are classified as Nonresident Aliens.
  • Beginning with the Fall 1998 semester, students have been removed from the cohort based on federal regulations which allow exclusions for the following reasons:
    1. The student is deceased or is totally and permanently disabled.
    2. The student left school to serve in the armed forces or was called to active duty.
    3. Note: This reduction in the entering freshmen counts, increases the retention and graduation rates by 0.2% or less and averages about eight students per fall cohort.

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