## 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 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 Has a Lower Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

In order to graduate you have to make it past freshman year. With only 62.0% of students staying on to become sophomores, Delta State University has freshman retention rates below the national average.

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

### 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.
- Low retention rates may be a signal that a lot of students plan on transferring after a year or two. Is that the case here?

## Overall, 42.1% of Delta State University Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Delta State University, there were 891 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 42.1% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 44.3% 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 55.7% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 497 students, 8 were still working towards their degree, 324 had transferred to a different institution, and Delta State University lost contact with the remaining 164 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 44.0% of the Class of 2012 and 37.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 17.0%,
**first-time** students in the Delta State University class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 33.9%
and by 2016, 37.6%
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.

### 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 41.9% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 62.4% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 244 students, 7 were still working towards their degree, 166 had transferred to a different institution, and Delta State University lost contact with the remaining 71 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Delta State University Represent 0.7% of the Class of 2012 and 0.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 16.7%,
**first-time** students in the Delta State University class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 16.7%.

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 Delta State University

### 83.3% of the First-Time/ 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 Delta State University lost contact with the remaining 1 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Delta State University Represent 51.4% of the Class of 2012 and 59.6% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 50.4%,
**returning** students in the Delta State University class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 51.3%.

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 Delta State University

### 48.7% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 223 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 143 had transferred to a different institution, and Delta State University lost contact with the remaining 79 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Delta State University Represent 3.9% of the Class of 2012 and 2.8% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 28.6%,
**returning** students in the Delta State University 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 31.4%.

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 Delta State University

### 68.6% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 24 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 11 had transferred to a different institution, and Delta State University lost contact with the remaining 13 whom we assume dropped out.