## 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 Alcorn 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 Alcorn State
- Graduation Rates at Alcorn State University

## Freshman Retention Rate is About Average

With 76.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Alcorn State University has freshman retention rates similar to the national average.

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

### Alcorn 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.

## Overall, 48.0% of Alcorn State Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Alcorn State, there were 665 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 48.0% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 49.9% 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 50.1% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 334 students, 7 were still working towards their degree, 311 had transferred to a different institution, and Alcorn State lost contact with the remaining 15 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 Alcorn State Represent 67.8% of the Class of 2012 and 62.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 18.0%,
**first-time** students in the Alcorn 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 43.2%
and by 2016, 45.9%
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.

### Alcorn 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 Alcorn State, we expected
that after six years about 34.8% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 54.1% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 244 students, 6 were still working towards their degree, 232 had transferred to a different institution, and Alcorn State lost contact with the remaining 6 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Alcorn State Represent 0.8% of the Class of 2012 and 0.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 20.0%,
**first-time** students in the Alcorn State class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
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 Alcorn State

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

Of these 4 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 0 had transferred to a different institution, and Alcorn State lost contact with the remaining 4 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Alcorn State Represent 26.8% of the Class of 2012 and 34.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 62.9%,
**returning** students in the Alcorn State class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 63.5%.

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 Alcorn State

### 36.5% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 65 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 59 had transferred to a different institution, and Alcorn State lost contact with the remaining 5 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Alcorn State Represent 4.7% of the Class of 2012 and 3.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 35.5%,
**returning** students in the Alcorn State class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 35.5%.

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 Alcorn State

### 64.5% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 20 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 20 had transferred to a different institution, and Alcorn State lost contact with the remaining 0 whom we assume dropped out.