## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

Make an informed decision about your education by understanding how Cambridge College's 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 Cambridge College. 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 Cambridge College
- Graduation Rates at Cambridge College

## Cambridge College Has One of the Lowest Freshman Retention Rates in the Country

You have to make it past freshman year in order to graduate. With only 38.0% of students staying on to become sophomores, Cambridge College has among the worst freshman retention rates in the country.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 72.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Massachusetts, the average is 79.0%.

### Cambridge College 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.
- Low retention rates may be a signal that a lot of students plan on transferring after a year or two. Is that the case here?

## Overall, 18.2% of Cambridge College Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Cambridge College, there were 526 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2013. By 2015, six years after beginning their degree, 18.2% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 19.0% 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 81.0% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 427 students, 5 were still working towards their degree, 199 had transferred to a different institution, and Cambridge College lost contact with the remaining 222 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 Cambridge College Represent 25.9% of the Class of 2013 and 4.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 3.0%,
**first-time** students in the Cambridge College class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 2.9%
and by 2017, 2.9%
of this class had completed their degree.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
33.4% after four years,
47.6% after six years, and
49.2% after eight years.

### Cambridge College is Graduating Students Slower 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 Cambridge College, we expected
that after six years about 40.0% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 97.1% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 132 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 63 had transferred to a different institution, and Cambridge College lost contact with the remaining 68 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Cambridge College Represent 14.3% of the Class of 2013 and 1.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 1.3%,
**first-time** students in the Cambridge College class of 2013 who attended classes
**part-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 1.3%.

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 Cambridge College

### 98.7% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 74 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 23 had transferred to a different institution, and Cambridge College lost contact with the remaining 50 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Cambridge College Represent 26.2% of the Class of 2013 and 32.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 23.2%,
**returning** students in the Cambridge College class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 23.2%.

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 Cambridge College

### 76.8% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 106 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 57 had transferred to a different institution, and Cambridge College lost contact with the remaining 49 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Cambridge College Represent 33.7% of the Class of 2013 and 63.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 33.3%,
**returning** students in the Cambridge College class of 2013 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 35.6%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
36.7% after six years and
38.6% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for Returning / Part-time Graduation Rates at Cambridge College

### 64.4% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 114 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 56 had transferred to a different institution, and Cambridge College lost contact with the remaining 55 whom we assume dropped out.