How Many Duke Students Graduate on Time or at All?
Find out how many of Duke's 1,710 students stuck around until graduation.
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Understanding Graduation and Retention Rates
Why is it important to know college retention rates and graduation rates? And how do Duke graduation and retention rates compare to the average school? Retention rates have to do with the number of students that return to Duke University after their freshman year. There are two different types of graduation rates, on-time graduation rates and "overall" graduation rates.
While on-time graduation rates refer to the number of years it will optimally take to complete a degree (ie., four years for a bachelor's degree), "overall" graduation rates are on a scale of six years and are most frequently advertised by colleges and universities. If you're planning on graduating in four years, pay attention to Duke's on-time graduation rates. Graduation rates can also give a better understanding of how much you'll be paying for college in the long run.
Retention Rates at Duke
With 97.0% of students staying on for a second year, Duke University is one of the best in the country when it comes to freshman retention rates.
- When you attend a school that is high quality and a good fit for you, it is more likely you'll return for another year.Read more about why retention is so important.
- How many students make it past freshman year? You might be surprised at the answer.
Graduation Rates at Duke University
The following information is based upon data for students who were "First-Time/Full-Time Undergraduate Degree Seekers" at Duke.
Out of the 6,626 undergraduate students at Duke University, 1,721 (about 26%) are considered first-time/full-time degree seekers.
Given that the percentage of first-time full-time undergraduates is so low, the mission of Duke University may reflect other priorities such as providing education for "returning" or "part-time" students. The following data should be discounted accordingly.
If you are not a "First-Time/Full-Time Undergraduate Degree Seeker" then you will want to ask Duke University about graduation rates for other more appropriate groups of students.
Both the on-time (two or four years depending on the degree) graduation rate of 87.1% and the overall rate of 94.8% rank Duke University among the best in the country.
Based on the caliber of first-time/full-time students that attend Duke University we would have expected an overall graduation rate of 92.1%. This is on par with the actual rate at which the college graduates students and suggests that Duke University is performing on average when the previous academic achievement of students is factored in.
The Majority of First-Time/Full-Time Non-Grads at This School Dropped Out.
5.1% of students at Duke University failed to graduate within 150% of the expected time. The majority did so because they dropped out.
The following table lists the reasons why students at Duke University did not graduate within three or six years depending on the degree type.
|Reason||% of Overall Class|
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