## 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 Bridgewater State. 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 Bridgewater State
- Graduation Rates at Bridgewater State University

## Bridgewater State Has a Better Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

With 79.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Bridgewater State 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 Massachusetts, the average is 81.0%.

### Bridgewater State 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, 59.9% of Bridgewater State Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Bridgewater State, there were 2,346 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 59.9% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 63.3% 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 36.7% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 863 students, 20 were still working towards their degree, 60 had transferred to a different institution, and Bridgewater State lost contact with the remaining 782 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 Bridgewater State Represent 62.4% of the Class of 2012 and 62.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 29.0%,
**first-time** students in the Bridgewater State class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After six years, the graduation rate was 59.2%
and by 2016, 62.8%
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.

### Bridgewater State is Graduating Students Faster Than we Expected

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 Bridgewater State, we expected
that after six years about 46.0% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 37.2% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 544 students, 10 were still working towards their degree, 42 had transferred to a different institution, and Bridgewater State lost contact with the remaining 492 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Bridgewater State Represent 1.6% of the Class of 2012 and 0.7% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 26.3%,
**first-time** students in the Bridgewater State class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 29.0%.

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 Bridgewater State

### 71.0% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 27 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 2 had transferred to a different institution, and Bridgewater State lost contact with the remaining 24 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Bridgewater State Represent 30.1% of the Class of 2012 and 33.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 67.5%,
**returning** students in the Bridgewater State 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 69.7%.

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 Bridgewater State

### 30.3% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 214 students, 5 were still working towards their degree, 10 had transferred to a different institution, and Bridgewater State lost contact with the remaining 199 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Bridgewater State Represent 5.8% of the Class of 2012 and 4.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 38.7%,
**returning** students in the Bridgewater State class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 43.8%.

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 Bridgewater State

### 56.2% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 77 students, 4 were still working towards their degree, 6 had transferred to a different institution, and Bridgewater State lost contact with the remaining 67 whom we assume dropped out.