## 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 Becker College. 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 Becker College
- Graduation Rates at Becker College

## Freshman Retention Rate is About Average

With 74.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Becker College 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 Massachusetts, the average is 81.0%.

### Becker College 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, 38.1% of Becker College Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Becker College, there were 486 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 38.1% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 39.7% 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 60.3% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 294 students, 2 were still working towards their degree, 231 had transferred to a different institution, and Becker College lost contact with the remaining 60 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 Becker College Represent 70.6% of the Class of 2012 and 59.6% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 16.0%,
**first time** students in the Becker College class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 31.8%
and by 2016, 33.5%
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.

### Becker College 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 Becker College, we expected
that after six years about 47.7% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

### Nationwide Rankings for First Time / Full-time Graduation Rates at Becker College

### 66.5% of the Fist-time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 228 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 182 had transferred to a different institution, and Becker College lost contact with the remaining 46 whom we assume dropped out.

## First Time / Part-time Students at Becker College Represent 0.4% of the Class of 2012 and 0.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 0.0%,
**first time** students in the Becker College class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 0.0%.

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 Becker College

### 100.0% of the First Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 2 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 1 had transferred to a different institution, and Becker College lost contact with the remaining 1 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Becker College Represent 22.0% of the Class of 2012 and 32.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 57.0%,
**returning** students in the Becker College class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 57.9%.

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 Becker College

### 42.1% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 45 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 38 had transferred to a different institution, and Becker College lost contact with the remaining 7 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Becker College Represent 7.0% of the Class of 2012 and 8.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 44.1%,
**returning** students in the Becker College 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 47.1%.

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 Becker College

### 52.9% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 18 students, 2 were still working towards their degree, 10 had transferred to a different institution, and Becker College lost contact with the remaining 6 whom we assume dropped out.

### Additional Considerations

- How many people drop out of college?