## 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 Alabama 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 Alabama State
- Graduation Rates at Alabama State University

## Alabama State Has a Lower Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

In order to graduate you have to make it past freshman year. With only 60.0% of students staying on to become sophomores, Alabama State University has freshman retention rates below the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 71.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Alabama, the average is 63.0%.

### Alabama 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, 26.8% of Alabama State Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Alabama State, there were 1,592 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 26.8% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 29.6% 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 70.4% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 1,122 students, 24 were still working towards their degree, 895 had transferred to a different institution, and Alabama State lost contact with the remaining 202 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 Alabama State Represent 83.5% of the Class of 2012 and 80.9% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 9.0%,
**first-time** students in the Alabama State class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 25.6%
and by 2016, 28.6%
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.

### Alabama 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 Alabama State, we expected
that after six years about 32.7% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 71.4% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 949 students, 22 were still working towards their degree, 780 had transferred to a different institution, and Alabama State lost contact with the remaining 147 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Alabama State Represent 3.1% of the Class of 2012 and 0.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 4.1%,
**first-time** students in the Alabama State class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 4.1%.

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 Alabama State

### 95.9% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 47 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 29 had transferred to a different institution, and Alabama State lost contact with the remaining 17 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Alabama State Represent 11.1% of the Class of 2012 and 16.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 41.8%,
**returning** students in the Alabama 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 43.5%.

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 Alabama State

### 56.5% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 100 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 65 had transferred to a different institution, and Alabama State lost contact with the remaining 35 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Alabama State Represent 2.3% of the Class of 2012 and 2.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 27.8%,
**returning** students in the Alabama 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 30.6%.

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 Alabama State

### 69.4% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 25 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 21 had transferred to a different institution, and Alabama State lost contact with the remaining 3 whom we assume dropped out.