Graduation and Retention Rates: Find Out if Anyone Sticks Around
At Boston College, 2,336 undergraduates were scheduled to complete their degree in 2016. Did they? Let's find out...
Below You'll Find:
What Retention and Graduation Rates Mean to You
Retention Rates can be used to estimate if you'll stay at Boston College and for how long. An on-time graduation rate is considered to be two or four years, unlike the "overall" graduation rate that can vary four to six years, depending on the degree.
Pay attention to the on-time graduation rates if you're planning on completing your degree in four years. They can also be used to understand exactly how much you'll be paying for college, as prolonging a graduation means paying more for your degree.
How Many Freshman Return to Boston College for Their Sophomore Year?
With 95.0% of students staying on for a second year, Boston College is one of the best in the country when it comes to freshman retention rates.
- 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.
Boston College Graduation Rates for Full-Time Students
The following information is based upon data for students who were "First-Time/Full-Time Undergraduate Degree Seekers" at Boston College.
Out of the 9,796 undergraduate students at Boston College, 2,310 (about 24%) are considered first-time/full-time degree seekers.
Given that the percentage of first-time full-time undergraduates is so low, the mission of Boston College may reflect other priorities such as providing education for "returning" or "part-time" students. The following data should be discounted accordingly.
If you are not a "First-Time/Full-Time Undergraduate Degree Seeker" then you will want to ask Boston College about graduation rates for other more appropriate groups of students.
Both the on-time (two or four years depending on the degree) graduation rate of 88.9% and the overall rate of 92.4% rank Boston College among the best in the country.
Based on the caliber of first-time/full-time students that attend Boston College we would have expected an overall graduation rate of 89.1%. This is on par with the actual rate at which the college graduates students and suggests that Boston College is performing on average when the previous academic achievement of students is factored in.
Most of First-Time/Full-Time Non-Grads End Up Transferring
7.6% of students at Boston College failed to graduate within 150% of the expected time. The majority did so because they transferred to another school.
- How many people drop out of college?