Graduation and Retention Rates: Find Out if Anyone Sticks Around
At Boston University, 4,118 undergraduates were scheduled to complete their degree in 2015. Did they? Let's find out...
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What Retention and Graduation Rates Mean to You
Retention Rates can be used to estimate if you'll stay at Boston U 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.
What are Boston University's Retention Rates Like?
With 93.0% of students staying on for a second year, Boston University 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 U 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 U.
Out of the 18,017 undergraduate students at Boston University, 3,915 (about 22%) 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 University 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 University 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 79.5% and the overall rate of 84.7% rank Boston University among the best in the country.
Based on the caliber of first-time/full-time students that attend Boston University we would have expected an overall graduation rate of 85.5%. This is on par with the actual rate at which the college graduates students and suggests that Boston University is performing on average when the previous academic achievement of students is factored in.
The Majority of First-Time/Full-Time Non-Grads at This School Dropped Out.
15.3% of students at Boston University failed to graduate within 150% of the expected time. The majority did so because they dropped out.
- How many people drop out of college?