## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

Make an informed decision about your education by understanding how Ball 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 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 78.0% 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 69.0% . When looking at just colleges and universities in Indiana , the average is 72.0% .

### 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, 58.8% of Ball State Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Ball State , there were 5,113 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2015 . By 2017 , six years after beginning their degree, 58.8% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 60.1% 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 39.9% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 2,039 students, 26 were still working towards their degree, 1,517 had transferred to a different institution, and Ball State lost contact with the remaining 495 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 77.6% of the Class of 2015 and 80.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 48.0%
,
**first-time** students in the Ball State
class of 2015
who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 61.0%
and by 2019
,62.3%
of this class had completed their degree.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
35.8%
after four years,
46.4%
after six years, and
47.8%
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 52.0%
of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 37.7% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2015 had not Completed Their Degree by 2019

Of these 1,497 students, 16 were still working towards their degree, 1,104 had transferred to a different institution, and Ball State lost contact with the remaining 377 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Ball State Represent 1.4% of the Class of 2015 and 0.9% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 37.5%
,
**first-time** students in the Ball State
class of 2015
who attended classes
**part-time** were among the most likely in the nation to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 37.5%
.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
21.6%
after six years and
23.7%
after eight years.

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

### 62.5% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2015 had not Completed Their Degree by 2019

Of these 45 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 25 had transferred to a different institution, and Ball State lost contact with the remaining 20 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Ball State Represent 17.7% of the Class of 2015 and 17.5% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 58.1%
,
**returning** students in the Ball State
class of 2015
who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 59.3%
.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
53.8%
after six years and
55.1%
after eight years.

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

### 40.7% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2015 had not Completed Their Degree by 2019

Of these 368 students, 6 were still working towards their degree, 275 had transferred to a different institution, and Ball State lost contact with the remaining 87 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Ball State Represent 3.3% of the Class of 2015 and 1.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 21.6%
,
**returning** students in the Ball State
class of 2015
who attended classes
**part-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 23.4%
.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
36.0%
after six years and
37.8%
after eight years.

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

### 76.6% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2015 had not Completed Their Degree by 2019

Of these 128 students, 4 were still working towards their degree, 113 had transferred to a different institution, and Ball State lost contact with the remaining 11 whom we assume dropped out.