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Undergraduate Retention & Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

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Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Returned in Fall 2016

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Overall Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010

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Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program

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.

89% percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2016.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

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Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2008 or Fall 2010

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students (who begin their studies full-time and plan to get a bachelor’s degree) who complete their degree programs within a specified amount of time.

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

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Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degreesrace ethnicity

Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program

6-Year Graduation Rate by Pell Grant Recipients and Direct Loan RecipientsPell and Direct Loan

Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program

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