How Many Cornell Students Graduate on Time or at All?
Find out how many of Cornell's 3,174 students stuck around until graduation.
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Understanding Graduation and Retention Rates
Why is it important to know college retention rates and graduation rates? And how do Cornell graduation and retention rates compare to the average school? Retention rates have to do with the number of students that return to Cornell University after their freshman year. There are two different types of graduation rates, on-time graduation rates and "overall" graduation rates.
While on-time graduation rates refer to the number of years it will optimally take to complete a degree (ie., four years for a bachelor's degree), "overall" graduation rates are on a scale of six years and are most frequently advertised by colleges and universities. If you're planning on graduating in four years, pay attention to Cornell's on-time graduation rates. Graduation rates can also give a better understanding of how much you'll be paying for college in the long run.
Retention Rates at Cornell
With 97.0% of students staying on for a second year, Cornell University is one of the best in the country when it comes to freshman retention rates.
- 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.
Graduation Rates at Cornell University
The following information is based upon data for students who were "First-Time/Full-Time Undergraduate Degree Seekers" at Cornell.
Out of the 3,677 degree seeking undergraduates new to Cornell University in 2016, 3,180 (about 86%) are considered first-time/full-time .
If you are not a "First-Time/Full-Time Undergraduate Degree Seeker" then you will want to ask Cornell University about graduation rates for other more appropriate groups of students.
Both the on-time (two or four years depending on the degree) graduation rate of 86.4% and the overall rate of 93.5% rank Cornell University among the best in the country.
Based on the caliber of first-time/full-time students that attend Cornell University we would have expected an overall graduation rate of 90.9%. This is on par with the actual rate at which the college graduates students and suggests that Cornell University is performing on average when the previous academic achievement of students is factored in.
The Majority of First-Time/Full-Time Non-Grads at This School Dropped Out.
6.5% of students at Cornell University failed to graduate within 150% of the expected time. The majority did so because they dropped out.
- How many people drop out of college?