## 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 Belhaven. 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 Belhaven
- Graduation Rates at Belhaven University

## Belhaven Has a Lower Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

In order to graduate you have to make it past freshman year. With only 67.0% of students staying on to become sophomores, Belhaven University 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 Mississippi, the average is 71.0%.

### Belhaven 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, 44.6% of Belhaven Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Belhaven, there were 662 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 44.6% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 45.8% 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 54.2% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 360 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 176 had transferred to a different institution, and Belhaven lost contact with the remaining 183 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 Belhaven Represent 36.1% of the Class of 2012 and 39.9% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 25.0%,
**first-time** students in the Belhaven class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After six years, the graduation rate was 50.2%
and by 2016, 50.6%
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.

### The Graduation Rate at Belhaven is About What we had Anticipated

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 Belhaven, we expected
that after six years about 51.2% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 49.4% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 118 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 82 had transferred to a different institution, and Belhaven lost contact with the remaining 36 whom we assume dropped out.

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

With a six year graduation rate of 30.8%,
**first-time** students in the Belhaven 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 46.2%.

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 Belhaven

### 53.8% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 7 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 3 had transferred to a different institution, and Belhaven lost contact with the remaining 4 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Belhaven Represent 57.2% of the Class of 2012 and 53.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 41.4%,
**returning** students in the Belhaven class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 42.5%.

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 Belhaven

### 57.5% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 218 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 86 had transferred to a different institution, and Belhaven lost contact with the remaining 132 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Belhaven Represent 4.7% of the Class of 2012 and 5.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 45.2%,
**returning** students in the Belhaven 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 48.4%.

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 Belhaven

### 51.6% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 16 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 5 had transferred to a different institution, and Belhaven lost contact with the remaining 11 whom we assume dropped out.