## 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 C of C. 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 C of C
- Graduation Rates at College of Charleston

## C of C Has a Better Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

With 79.0% of students making it past their freshman year, College of Charleston 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 South Carolina, the average is 69.0%.

### C of C 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, 66.1% of C of C Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At C of C, there were 2,654 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 66.1% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 67.1% 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 32.9% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 875 students, 9 were still working towards their degree, 683 had transferred to a different institution, and C of C lost contact with the remaining 182 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 C of C Represent 73.4% of the Class of 2012 and 74.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 52.0%,
**first time** students in the C of C class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 66.6%
and by 2016, 67.6%
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.

### The Graduation Rate at C of C is About What we had Anticipated

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 C of C, we expected
that after six years about 66.6% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 32.4% of the Fist-time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 632 students, 9 were still working towards their degree, 512 had transferred to a different institution, and C of C lost contact with the remaining 111 whom we assume dropped out.

## First Time / Part-time Students at C of C Represent 0.0% of the Class of 2012 and 0.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 100.0%,
**first time** students in the C of C 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 100.0%.

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 C of C

### 0.0% of the First Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

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

## Returning / Full-time Students at C of C Represent 24.9% of the Class of 2012 and 25.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 67.4%,
**returning** students in the C of C 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 68.0%.

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 C of C

### 32.0% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 212 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 152 had transferred to a different institution, and C of C lost contact with the remaining 60 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at C of C 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 23.8%,
**returning** students in the C of C class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 28.6%.

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 C of C

### 71.4% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 30 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 19 had transferred to a different institution, and C of C lost contact with the remaining 11 whom we assume dropped out.

### Additional Considerations

- How many people drop out of college?