## 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 Bob Jones University. 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 Bob Jones University
- Graduation Rates at Bob Jones University

## Bob Jones University Has a Better Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

With 80.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Bob Jones University has freshman retention rates above the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 71.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in South Carolina, the average is 69.0%.

### Bob Jones University 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, 64.2% of Bob Jones University Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Bob Jones University, there were 1,077 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 64.2% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 65.1% 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 34.9% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 377 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 221 had transferred to a different institution, and Bob Jones University lost contact with the remaining 155 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 Bob Jones University Represent 78.9% of the Class of 2012 and 78.9% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 51.0%,
**first-time** students in the Bob Jones University class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 64.0%
and by 2016, 65.1%
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 Bob Jones University

### 34.9% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 297 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 173 had transferred to a different institution, and Bob Jones University lost contact with the remaining 124 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Bob Jones University Represent 0.6% of the Class of 2012 and 0.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 50.0%,
**first-time** students in the Bob Jones University class of 2012 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 50.0%.

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 Bob Jones University

### 50.0% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

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

## Returning / Full-time Students at Bob Jones University Represent 20.4% of the Class of 2012 and 20.5% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 65.4%,
**returning** students in the Bob Jones University class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 65.4%.

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 Bob Jones University

### 34.6% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 76 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 48 had transferred to a different institution, and Bob Jones University lost contact with the remaining 28 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Bob Jones University Represent 0.1% of the Class of 2012 and 0.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 100.0%,
**returning** students in the Bob Jones University class of 2012 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 100.0%.

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 Bob Jones University

### 0.0% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

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