## 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 DePaul. 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 DePaul
- Graduation Rates at DePaul University

## DePaul Has a Better Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

With 84.0% of students making it past their freshman year, DePaul University has freshman retention rates above the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 71.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Illinois, the average is 72.0%.

### DePaul 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, 68.3% of DePaul Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At DePaul, there were 4,089 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 68.3% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 69.8% 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 30.2% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 1,237 students, 37 were still working towards their degree, 645 had transferred to a different institution, and DePaul lost contact with the remaining 554 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 DePaul Represent 62.4% of the Class of 2012 and 65.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 54.0%,
**first-time** students in the DePaul class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were among the most likely in the nation to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 71.2%
and by 2016, 72.7%
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.

### DePaul 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 DePaul, we expected
that after six years about 65.0% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 27.3% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 698 students, 21 were still working towards their degree, 387 had transferred to a different institution, and DePaul lost contact with the remaining 290 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at DePaul Represent 0.0% of the Class of 2012 and 0.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 0.0%,
**first-time** students in the DePaul class of 2012 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:
22.2% after six years and
24.5% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for First-Time / Part-time Graduation Rates at DePaul

### 100.0% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

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

## Returning / Full-time Students at DePaul Represent 30.0% of the Class of 2012 and 31.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 71.4%,
**returning** students in the DePaul 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 72.8%.

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 DePaul

### 27.2% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 334 students, 8 were still working towards their degree, 197 had transferred to a different institution, and DePaul lost contact with the remaining 129 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at DePaul Represent 7.5% of the Class of 2012 and 3.7% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 31.5%,
**returning** students in the DePaul class of 2012 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 34.4%.

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 DePaul

### 65.6% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 202 students, 8 were still working towards their degree, 61 had transferred to a different institution, and DePaul lost contact with the remaining 133 whom we assume dropped out.