## 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 Auburn University at Montgomery. 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 Auburn University at Montgomery
- Graduation Rates at Auburn University at Montgomery

## Auburn University at Montgomery Has a Lower Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

In order to graduate you have to make it past freshman year. With only 65.0% of students staying on to become sophomores, Auburn University at Montgomery 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%.

### Auburn University at Montgomery 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, 30.5% of Auburn University at Montgomery Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Auburn University at Montgomery, there were 1,262 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 30.5% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 33.1% 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 66.9% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 845 students, 18 were still working towards their degree, 490 had transferred to a different institution, and Auburn University at Montgomery lost contact with the remaining 336 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 Auburn University at Montgomery Represent 56.3% of the Class of 2012 and 41.9% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 10.0%,
**first-time** students in the Auburn University at Montgomery 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 21.9%
and by 2016, 24.6%
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.

### Auburn University at Montgomery 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 Auburn University at Montgomery, we expected
that after six years about 44.6% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

### Nationwide Rankings for First-Time / Full-time Graduation Rates at Auburn University at Montgomery

### 75.4% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 536 students, 10 were still working towards their degree, 343 had transferred to a different institution, and Auburn University at Montgomery lost contact with the remaining 183 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Auburn University at Montgomery Represent 10.5% of the Class of 2012 and 5.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 11.3%,
**first-time** students in the Auburn University at Montgomery 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 16.5%.

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 Auburn University at Montgomery

### 83.5% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 111 students, 2 were still working towards their degree, 43 had transferred to a different institution, and Auburn University at Montgomery lost contact with the remaining 66 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Auburn University at Montgomery Represent 23.8% of the Class of 2012 and 42.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 57.5%,
**returning** students in the Auburn University at Montgomery class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 58.5%.

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 Auburn University at Montgomery

### 41.5% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 125 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 66 had transferred to a different institution, and Auburn University at Montgomery lost contact with the remaining 56 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Auburn University at Montgomery Represent 9.3% of the Class of 2012 and 10.8% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 35.0%,
**returning** students in the Auburn University at Montgomery class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 38.5%.

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 Auburn University at Montgomery

### 61.5% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 72 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 38 had transferred to a different institution, and Auburn University at Montgomery lost contact with the remaining 31 whom we assume dropped out.