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Fall 2011 Freshman and Transfer Retention Study is now available

December 15, 2011

The fall 2011 Freshman and Transfer Retention Study is now available on the Institutional Research website. Combining the two previously separate studies (New Freshman Retention and Transfer Retention) was in response to campus feedback.

For this report, cohorts are defined as undergraduate resident-instruction (RI) students who enter in the fall semester as full-time (enrolled in 12 or more credits) either as a new freshman or a transfer student from another institution. Additional operational definitions are provided in the glossary on page 7.

Overall, the one-year retention rate of new freshman declined about one percentage point from last year. This trend was true regardless of residency or minority status. The one-year persistence rate for the transfer cohort also declined as compared to last year.

The six-year graduation rate was relatively stable for the new freshman cohort overall (64.6 percent) but there was a notable decrease in the graduation rate for the minority resident cohort (nearly six percentage points). All other new freshman minority status by residency cohorts saw increases in the six-year graduation rate as did the Caucasian, Hispanic/Latino, and International cohorts. The four-year transfer cohort graduation rate is the second highest it has ever been; second only to last year.

If you have questions about this study or any of our publications, please contact Institutional Research at 491-5939.

Contact: Tyson Koss
Phone: 1-5939