## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

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

## Delta State University's Freshman Retention Rate is About Average

With 67.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Delta State University has freshman retention rates similar to the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 69.0% . When looking at just colleges and universities in Mississippi , the average is 68.0% .

### Delta State University 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, 37.6% of Delta State University Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Delta State University , there were 1,103 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2015 . By 2017 , six years after beginning their degree, 37.6% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 38.7% 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 61.3% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 677 students, 5 were still working towards their degree, 614 had transferred to a different institution, and Delta State University lost contact with the remaining 57 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 Delta State University Represent 31.6% of the Class of 2015 and 31.6% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 19.0%
,
**first-time** students in the Delta State University
class of 2015
who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 37.2%
and by 2019
,38.7%
of this class had completed their degree.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
35.8%
after four years,
46.4%
after six years, and
47.8%
after eight years.

### Delta State University 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 Delta State University
, we expected
that after six years about 48.8%
of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 61.3% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2015 had not Completed Their Degree by 2019

Of these 214 students, 4 were still working towards their degree, 197 had transferred to a different institution, and Delta State University lost contact with the remaining 13 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Delta State University Represent 0.9% of the Class of 2015 and 0.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 0.0%
,
**first-time** students in the Delta State University
class of 2015
who attended classes
**part-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 0.0%
.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
21.6%
after six years and
23.7%
after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for First-Time / Part-time Graduation Rates at Delta State University

### 100.0% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2015 had not Completed Their Degree by 2019

Of these 10 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 9 had transferred to a different institution, and Delta State University lost contact with the remaining 1 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Delta State University Represent 60.3% of the Class of 2015 and 64.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 40.4%
,
**returning** students in the Delta State University
class of 2015
who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 41.2%
.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
53.8%
after six years and
55.1%
after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for Returning / Full-time Graduation Rates at Delta State University

### 58.8% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2015 had not Completed Their Degree by 2019

Of these 391 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 355 had transferred to a different institution, and Delta State University lost contact with the remaining 35 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Delta State University Represent 7.2% of the Class of 2015 and 4.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 20.2%
,
**returning** students in the Delta State University
class of 2015
who attended classes
**part-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 22.8%
.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
36.0%
after six years and
37.8%
after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for Returning / Part-time Graduation Rates at Delta State University

### 77.2% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2015 had not Completed Their Degree by 2019

Of these 61 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 53 had transferred to a different institution, and Delta State University lost contact with the remaining 8 whom we assume dropped out.