## 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 Austin Peay State University. 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 Austin Peay State University
- Graduation Rates at Austin Peay State University

## Freshman Retention Rate is About Average

With 71.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Austin Peay 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 Tennessee, the average is 69.0%.

### Austin Peay State University 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, 39.4% of Austin Peay State University Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Austin Peay State University, there were 2,195 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 39.4% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 42.5% 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 57.5% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 1,264 students, 54 were still working towards their degree, 253 had transferred to a different institution, and Austin Peay State University lost contact with the remaining 956 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 Austin Peay State University Represent 60.4% of the Class of 2012 and 59.5% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 15.0%,
**first-time** students in the Austin Peay State University class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 38.2%
and by 2016, 41.9%
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.

### Austin Peay State University 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 Austin Peay State University, we expected
that after six years about 48.6% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

### Nationwide Rankings for First-Time / Full-time Graduation Rates at Austin Peay State University

### 58.1% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 771 students, 33 were still working towards their degree, 182 had transferred to a different institution, and Austin Peay State University lost contact with the remaining 556 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Austin Peay State University Represent 6.6% of the Class of 2012 and 2.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 10.3%,
**first-time** students in the Austin Peay State University 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 13.1%.

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 Austin Peay State University

### 86.9% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 126 students, 7 were still working towards their degree, 5 had transferred to a different institution, and Austin Peay State University lost contact with the remaining 114 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Austin Peay State University Represent 19.9% of the Class of 2012 and 27.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 56.8%,
**returning** students in the Austin Peay State University class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 58.4%.

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 Austin Peay State University

### 41.6% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 182 students, 8 were still working towards their degree, 50 had transferred to a different institution, and Austin Peay State University lost contact with the remaining 124 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Austin Peay State University Represent 13.1% of the Class of 2012 and 11.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 32.8%,
**returning** students in the Austin Peay State University class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 35.9%.

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 Austin Peay State University

### 64.1% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 184 students, 6 were still working towards their degree, 16 had transferred to a different institution, and Austin Peay State University lost contact with the remaining 162 whom we assume dropped out.