## 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 Ball 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 Ball State
- Graduation Rates at Ball State University

## Ball State Has a Better Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

With 82.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Ball State University has freshman retention rates above the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 71.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Indiana, the average is 70.0%.

### Ball 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, 59.7% of Ball State Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Ball State, there were 4,795 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 59.7% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 61.3% 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 38.7% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 1,858 students, 21 were still working towards their degree, 1,295 had transferred to a different institution, and Ball State lost contact with the remaining 541 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 Ball State Represent 83.1% of the Class of 2012 and 83.5% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 35.0%,
**first-time** students in the Ball State class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After six years, the graduation rate was 59.9%
and by 2016, 61.6%
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.

### Ball 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 Ball State, we expected
that after six years about 53.2% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 38.4% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 1,529 students, 16 were still working towards their degree, 1,079 had transferred to a different institution, and Ball State lost contact with the remaining 434 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Ball State Represent 0.5% of the Class of 2012 and 0.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 23.1%,
**first-time** students in the Ball State class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 26.9%.

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 Ball State

### 73.1% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 19 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 6 had transferred to a different institution, and Ball State lost contact with the remaining 13 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Ball State Represent 14.8% of the Class of 2012 and 15.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 61.5%,
**returning** students in the Ball State class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 62.4%.

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 Ball State

### 37.6% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 268 students, 2 were still working towards their degree, 191 had transferred to a different institution, and Ball State lost contact with the remaining 75 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Ball State Represent 1.5% of the Class of 2012 and 1.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 41.9%,
**returning** students in the Ball State class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 44.6%.

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 Ball State

### 55.4% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 41 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 19 had transferred to a different institution, and Ball State lost contact with the remaining 19 whom we assume dropped out.