## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

Make an informed decision about your education by understanding how retention and graduation rates impact you. First year retention rates let you know how many students come back for their sophomore year. Graduation rates tell you how long it takes to complete a degree at Adams State. Remember, every extra semester it takes to graduate will increase the cost of your degree.

### On This Page You'll Find:

- What These Rates Have To Do With You
- First to Second Year Retention Rate at Adams State
- Graduation Rates at Adams State University

## Adams State Has One of the Lowest Freshman Retention Rates in the Country

You have to make it past freshman year in order to graduate. With only 53.0% of students staying on to become sophomores, Adams State University has among the worst freshman retention rates in the country.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 71.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Colorado, the average is 65.0%.

### Adams State Freshmen Retention Rate Rankings

### Any Questions?

- 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.
- Low retention rates may be a signal that a lot of students plan on transferring after a year or two. Is that the case here?

## Overall, 31.4% of Adams State Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Adams State, there were 740 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 31.4% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 34.3% of this class eventually completed their degree.

We consider the "on-time" graduation rate for a bachelor's degree to be four years, but colleges typically report their graduation rates after six or even eight years.

This implies that 65.7% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 487 students, 5 were still working towards their degree, 36 had transferred to a different institution, and Adams State lost contact with the remaining 445 whom we assume dropped out.

### Some Students Take More Time to Graduate

First-time, full-time students under the age of 25 are much more likely to graduate in four years (on-time). Some schools cater mostly to traditional students while others cater to “non-traditional” students who may be attending part time and thus are likely to take longer to graduate.

Comparing the graduation rates of specific cohorts shown below will be more revealing than the overall statistics shared above.

## First-Time / Full-time Students at Adams State Represent 61.6% of the Class of 2012 and 45.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 12.0%,
**first-time** students in the Adams State class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 22.8%
and by 2016, 25.2%
of this class had completed their degree.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
32.8% after four years,
47.6% after six years, and
49.2% after eight years.

### Adams State is Graduating Students Slower Than we Expected

Studies have shown that high-achieving students are more likely to complete their degree on time.
Given the academic preparedness of the **first-time / full-time** students accepted to Adams State, we expected
that after six years about 42.8% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

### Nationwide Rankings for First-Time / Full-time Graduation Rates at Adams State

### 74.8% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 341 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 27 had transferred to a different institution, and Adams State lost contact with the remaining 311 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Adams State Represent 3.4% of the Class of 2012 and 2.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 8.0%,
**first-time** students in the Adams State class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 20.0%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
22.2% after six years and
24.5% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for First-Time / Part-time Graduation Rates at Adams State

### 80.0% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 20 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 1 had transferred to a different institution, and Adams State lost contact with the remaining 18 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Adams State Represent 17.8% of the Class of 2012 and 24.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 44.7%,
**returning** students in the Adams State class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 47.0%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
55.0% after six years and
56.2% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for Returning / Full-time Graduation Rates at Adams State

### 53.0% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 70 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 3 had transferred to a different institution, and Adams State lost contact with the remaining 66 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Adams State Represent 17.2% of the Class of 2012 and 28.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 52.8%,
**returning** students in the Adams State class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 56.7%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
36.8% after six years and
38.6% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for Returning / Part-time Graduation Rates at Adams State

### 43.3% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 55 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 5 had transferred to a different institution, and Adams State lost contact with the remaining 50 whom we assume dropped out.