## 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 Concordia University - Portland. 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 Concordia University - Portland
- Graduation Rates at Concordia University - Portland

## Freshman Retention Rate is About Average

With 74.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Concordia University - Portland has freshman retention rates similar to the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 71.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Oregon, the average is 71.0%.

### Concordia University - Portland 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, 61.9% of Concordia University - Portland Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Concordia University - Portland, there were 307 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 61.9% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 62.9% 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 37.1% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 115 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 86 had transferred to a different institution, and Concordia University - Portland lost contact with the remaining 28 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 Concordia University - Portland Represent 52.1% of the Class of 2012 and 46.6% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 36.0%,
**first time** students in the Concordia University - Portland class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After six years, the graduation rate was 54.4%
and by 2016, 56.2%
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.

### Concordia University - Portland 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 Concordia University - Portland, we expected
that after six years about 44.9% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

### Nationwide Rankings for First Time / Full-time Graduation Rates at Concordia University - Portland

### 43.8% of the Fist-time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 70 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 50 had transferred to a different institution, and Concordia University - Portland lost contact with the remaining 20 whom we assume dropped out.

## First Time / Part-time Students at Concordia University - Portland Represent 1.3% of the Class of 2012 and 0.5% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 25.0%,
**first time** students in the Concordia University - Portland 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 25.0%.

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 Concordia University - Portland

### 75.0% of the First Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 3 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 3 had transferred to a different institution, and Concordia University - Portland lost contact with the remaining 0 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Concordia University - Portland Represent 42.4% of the Class of 2012 and 48.7% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 72.3%,
**returning** students in the Concordia University - Portland 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 72.3%.

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 Concordia University - Portland

### 27.7% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 36 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 29 had transferred to a different institution, and Concordia University - Portland lost contact with the remaining 7 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Concordia University - Portland Represent 4.2% of the Class of 2012 and 4.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 61.5%,
**returning** students in the Concordia University - Portland 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 61.5%.

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 Concordia University - Portland

### 38.5% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 5 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 4 had transferred to a different institution, and Concordia University - Portland lost contact with the remaining 1 whom we assume dropped out.

### Additional Considerations

- How many people drop out of college?