## 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 BVU. 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 BVU
- Graduation Rates at Buena Vista University

## BVU Has a Better Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

With 78.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Buena Vista 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 Iowa, the average is 71.0%.

### BVU 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, 61.0% of BVU Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At BVU, there were 659 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 61.0% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 62.1% 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 37.9% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 251 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 158 had transferred to a different institution, and BVU lost contact with the remaining 91 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 BVU Represent 41.4% of the Class of 2012 and 31.5% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 43.0%,
**first-time** students in the BVU class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 45.8%
and by 2016, 47.2%
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.

### BVU 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 BVU, we expected
that after six years about 42.6% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 52.8% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 144 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 110 had transferred to a different institution, and BVU lost contact with the remaining 34 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at BVU Represent 0.0% of the Class of 2012 and 0.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

None of the students in BVU's class of 2012 were classified as
as a "**first-time**" student attending classes "**part-time**".

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.

## Returning / Full-time Students at BVU Represent 49.5% of the Class of 2012 and 58.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 72.4%,
**returning** students in the BVU 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 73.3%.

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 BVU

### 26.7% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 87 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 42 had transferred to a different institution, and BVU lost contact with the remaining 44 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at BVU Represent 9.1% of the Class of 2012 and 10.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 68.3%,
**returning** students in the BVU 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 68.3%.

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 BVU

### 31.7% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 19 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 6 had transferred to a different institution, and BVU lost contact with the remaining 13 whom we assume dropped out.