## 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 Bismarck State 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 Bismarck State College
- Graduation Rates at Bismarck State College

## The First Year Retention Rates at Bismarck State College Could Not Be Determined

We were not able to determine the freshman retention rate at Bismarck State College.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 71.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in North Dakota, the average is 63.0%.

### 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, 45.3% of Bismarck State College Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Bismarck State College, there were 1,181 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 45.3% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 46.4% 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 53.6% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 633 students, 13 were still working towards their degree, 226 had transferred to a different institution, and Bismarck State College lost contact with the remaining 393 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 Bismarck State College Represent 66.4% of the Class of 2012 and 71.7% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of N/A,
**first-time** students in the Bismarck State College class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time**
After six years, the graduation rate was 49.0%
and by 2016, 50.1%
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.

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

### 49.9% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 390 students, 12 were still working towards their degree, 146 had transferred to a different institution, and Bismarck State College lost contact with the remaining 232 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Bismarck State College Represent 6.9% of the Class of 2012 and 2.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 14.8%,
**first-time** students in the Bismarck State College class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 14.8%.

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 Bismarck State College

### 85.2% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 69 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 12 had transferred to a different institution, and Bismarck State College lost contact with the remaining 57 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Bismarck State College Represent 19.3% of the Class of 2012 and 22.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 52.2%,
**returning** students in the Bismarck State 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 53.1%.

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 Bismarck State College

### 46.9% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 107 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 48 had transferred to a different institution, and Bismarck State College lost contact with the remaining 59 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Bismarck State College Represent 7.4% of the Class of 2012 and 4.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 22.7%,
**returning** students in the Bismarck State College 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 25.0%.

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 Bismarck State College

### 75.0% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 66 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 20 had transferred to a different institution, and Bismarck State College lost contact with the remaining 45 whom we assume dropped out.