## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

Make an informed decision about your education by understanding how Bluefield State College'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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield State College
- Graduation Rates at Bluefield State College

## Bluefield State College Has a Lower Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

In order to graduate you have to make it past freshman year. With only 63.0% of students staying on to become sophomores, Bluefield State College has freshman retention rates below the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 69.0% . When looking at just colleges and universities in West Virginia , the average is 62.0% .

### Bluefield State 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.
- 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, 35.1% of Bluefield State College Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Bluefield State College , there were 704 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2016 . By 2018 , six years after beginning their degree, 35.1% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 38.1% 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 61.9% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 437 students, 13 were still working towards their degree, 107 had transferred to a different institution, and Bluefield State College lost contact with the remaining 316 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 Bluefield State College Represent 43.6% of the Class of 2016 and 37.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 11.0%
,
**first-time** students in the Bluefield State College
class of 2016
who attended classes
**full-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 27.4%
and by 2020
,32.6%
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.

### The Graduation Rate at Bluefield State College 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 Bluefield State College
, we expected
that after six years about 29.5%
of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 67.4% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2016 had not Completed Their Degree by 2020

Of these 207 students, 10 were still working towards their degree, 58 had transferred to a different institution, and Bluefield State College lost contact with the remaining 139 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Bluefield State College Represent 3.4% of the Class of 2016 and 2.6% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 25.0%
,
**first-time** students in the Bluefield State College
class of 2016
who attended classes
**part-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 29.2%
.

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 Bluefield State College

### 70.8% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2016 had not Completed Their Degree by 2020

Of these 17 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 2 had transferred to a different institution, and Bluefield State College lost contact with the remaining 15 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Bluefield State College Represent 36.2% of the Class of 2016 and 41.8% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 43.1%
,
**returning** students in the Bluefield State College
class of 2016
who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 43.9%
.

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 Bluefield State College

### 56.1% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2016 had not Completed Their Degree by 2020

Of these 143 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 38 had transferred to a different institution, and Bluefield State College lost contact with the remaining 104 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Bluefield State College Represent 16.8% of the Class of 2016 and 18.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 39.8%
,
**returning** students in the Bluefield State College
class of 2016
who attended classes
**part-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 41.5%
.

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 Bluefield State College

### 58.5% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2016 had not Completed Their Degree by 2020

Of these 69 students, 2 were still working towards their degree, 9 had transferred to a different institution, and Bluefield State College lost contact with the remaining 58 whom we assume dropped out.