## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

Make an informed decision about your education by understanding how Capital'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 Capital. 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 Capital
- Graduation Rates at Capital University

## Capital's Freshman Retention Rate is About Average

With 75.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Capital University has freshman retention rates similar to the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 72.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Ohio, the average is 69.0%.

### Capital 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, 61.5% of Capital Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Capital, there were 798 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2013. By 2015, six years after beginning their degree, 61.5% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 62.4% 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 37.6% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 301 students, 7 were still working towards their degree, 39 had transferred to a different institution, and Capital lost contact with the remaining 254 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 Capital Represent 79.2% of the Class of 2013 and 76.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 51.0%,
**first-time** students in the Capital class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 59.0%
and by 2017, 60.0%
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.

### Capital 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 Capital, we expected
that after six years about 62.3% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 40.0% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 253 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 32 had transferred to a different institution, and Capital lost contact with the remaining 220 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Capital Represent 0.4% of the Class of 2013 and 0.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 33.3%,
**first-time** students in the Capital class of 2013 who attended classes
**part-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 33.3%.

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 Capital

### 66.7% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 2 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 1 had transferred to a different institution, and Capital lost contact with the remaining 1 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Capital Represent 14.9% of the Class of 2013 and 17.7% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 74.0%,
**returning** students in the Capital class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 74.0%.

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 Capital

### 26.0% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 31 students, 4 were still working towards their degree, 5 had transferred to a different institution, and Capital lost contact with the remaining 22 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Capital Represent 5.5% of the Class of 2013 and 6.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 65.9%,
**returning** students in the Capital class of 2013 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 68.2%.

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 Capital

### 31.8% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 14 students, 2 were still working towards their degree, 1 had transferred to a different institution, and Capital lost contact with the remaining 11 whom we assume dropped out.