Retention Rates

Entering Fall of Cohort Adjusted Cohort Fresh-Soph Retention
1998 478 478 83.1%
1999 575 574 85.5%
2000 613 612 84.2%
2001 510 510 87.3%
2002 619 615 85.9%
2003 566 565 90.1%
2004 566 566 89.9%
2005 535 534 89.3%
2006 611 608 88.2%
2007 627 627 87.9%
2008 616 616 91.7%
2009 580 579 92.4%
2010 609 609 90.0%
2011 645 644 92.5%
2012 642 641 89.5%
2013 629 629 89.8%
2014 600 599 89.1%
2015 679 678 90.4%
2016 565 564 92.0%
2017 695 693 88.7%
2018 640 640 90.5%
2019 605 605 88.1%
2020 571 571 88.6%

For comparison, the national Freshman-Sophmore retention rate at 4-year private non-profit institutions is 82% (Reference).

Line graph showing first-year to sophomore retention rates from 1993 to 2020

  • cohort is a specific group of students established for tracking purposes. A cohort is defined as all full-time, first-time degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered in the fall or preceding summer session of a given year.
  • An adjusted cohort is a cohort that has students removed from it who died or are totally and permanently disabled, or left college to serve in the military, a foreign aid service, or a church mission.