## 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 Del State. 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 Del State
- Graduation Rates at Delaware State University

## Freshman Retention Rate is About Average

With 72.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Delaware State University 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 Delaware, the average is 71.0%.

### Del State 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, 42.4% of Del State Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Del State, there were 924 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 42.4% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 43.5% 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 56.5% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 523 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 192 had transferred to a different institution, and Del State lost contact with the remaining 327 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 Del State Represent 78.0% of the Class of 2012 and 78.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 18.0%,
**first-time** students in the Del State class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 42.6%
and by 2016, 43.7%
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.

### Del State 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 Del State, we expected
that after six years about 34.4% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 56.3% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 406 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 150 had transferred to a different institution, and Del State lost contact with the remaining 256 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Del State Represent 1.0% of the Class of 2012 and 0.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 11.1%,
**first-time** students in the Del State 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 11.1%.

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 Del State

### 88.9% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 8 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 2 had transferred to a different institution, and Del State lost contact with the remaining 6 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Del State Represent 18.0% of the Class of 2012 and 19.7% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 47.0%,
**returning** students in the Del State class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 47.6%.

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 Del State

### 52.4% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 87 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 31 had transferred to a different institution, and Del State lost contact with the remaining 53 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Del State Represent 3.0% of the Class of 2012 and 1.7% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 21.4%,
**returning** students in the Del State 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 25.0%.

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 Del State

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

Of these 21 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 9 had transferred to a different institution, and Del State lost contact with the remaining 12 whom we assume dropped out.