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Student Achievement

Undergraduate Retention Rates

Undergraduate Retention Rate

The University monitors undergraduate retention in accordance with the Student Engagement and Success overarching goal of the University’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 that includes the goal of  enhancing the climate of the University to cultivate greater levels of student success as measured by retention and completion.

The current targets were set in the Undergraduate Strategic Enrollment Plan, implemented in 2017, and supersede those set in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. The targets were informed by trends in the data and are aspirational retention rates based on mission and capacity.

  • Goal –
    • Freshman to Sophomore 75%
    • Sophomore to Junior 65%
    • Junior to Senior 55%
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability – No more than a 10% drop over two years for any class rank.
  • Actual:

Note: For counts less than five, percentages not displayed.

Freshmen to Sophomore Retention Rates, by gender only.
Fall 2014 Freshman Fall 2015 Freshman Fall 2016 Freshman Fall 2017  Freshman Fall 2018 Freshman
Men 76% 72% 73% 69% 73%
Women 77% 74% 80% 80% 75%

 

Freshmen to Sophomore Retention Rates, by race/ethnicity only.
Fall 2014 Freshman Fall 2015 Freshman Fall 2016 Freshman Fall 2017  Freshman Fall 2018 Freshman
Nonresident Alien 78% 60% 67% 79% 50%
Black or African American 75% 77% 81% 79% 77%
American Indian or Native Alaskan
Asian 83% 83% 83%
Hispanic/Latino 82% 74% 83% 75% 80%
White 76% 72% 78% 75% 75%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Two or More Races 68% 80% 74% 73% 60%
Race or Ethnicity Unknown 84% 83% 50% 83% 71%

 

Freshmen to Sophomore Retention Rates, by gender and race/ethnicity.
Fall 2014 Freshman Fall 2015 Freshman Fall 2016 Freshman Fall 2017  Freshman Fall 2018 Freshman
Men
Nonresident Alien 87% 55%
Black or African American 85% 71% 69% 79% 77%
American Indian or Native Alaskan
Asian
Hispanic/Latino 75% 46% 88%
White 75% 73% 74% 65% 76%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Two or More Races 56% 86% 86% 56%
Race or Ethnicity Unknown 83%
Fall 2014 Freshman Fall 2015 Freshman Fall 2016 Freshman Fall 2017 Freshman Fall 2018 Freshman
Women
Nonresident Alien 100% 67%
Black or African American 71% 80% 84% 78% 76%
American Indian or Native Alaskan
Asian 83%
Hispanic/Latino 78% 77% 92% 88% 75%
White 77% 71% 80% 81% 75%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Two or More Races 80% 80% 69% 67% 63%
Race or Ethnicity Unknown 84% 83%