## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

Make an informed decision about your education by understanding how Albany State's 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 Albany 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 Albany State
- Graduation Rates at Albany State University

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

In order to graduate you have to make it past freshman year. With only 67.0% of students staying on to become sophomores, Albany State University has freshman retention rates below the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 72.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Georgia, the average is 67.0%.

### Albany 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, 41.0% of Albany State Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Albany State, there were 908 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2013. By 2015, six years after beginning their degree, 41.0% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 44.5% 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 55.5% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 505 students, 10 were still working towards their degree, 121 had transferred to a different institution, and Albany State lost contact with the remaining 373 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 Albany State Represent 68.9% of the Class of 2013 and 67.6% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 10.0%,
**first-time** students in the Albany State class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 39.6%
and by 2017, 43.6%
of this class had completed their degree.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
33.4% after four years,
47.6% after six years, and
49.2% after eight years.

### Albany State is Graduating Students Faster 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 Albany State, we expected
that after six years about 35.2% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 56.4% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 353 students, 4 were still working towards their degree, 97 had transferred to a different institution, and Albany State lost contact with the remaining 252 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Albany State Represent 1.0% of the Class of 2013 and 0.7% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 11.1%,
**first-time** students in the Albany State class of 2013 who attended classes
**part-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 33.3%.

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 Albany State

### 66.7% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 6 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 0 had transferred to a different institution, and Albany State lost contact with the remaining 5 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Albany State Represent 21.8% of the Class of 2013 and 24.8% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 49.5%,
**returning** students in the Albany State class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 50.5%.

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 Albany State

### 49.5% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 98 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 16 had transferred to a different institution, and Albany State lost contact with the remaining 79 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Albany State Represent 8.3% of the Class of 2013 and 6.9% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 33.3%,
**returning** students in the Albany State class of 2013 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 37.3%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
36.7% after six years and
38.6% after eight years.

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

### 62.7% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 47 students, 2 were still working towards their degree, 8 had transferred to a different institution, and Albany State lost contact with the remaining 37 whom we assume dropped out.