## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

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

## Dixie State College Has One of the Lowest Freshman Retention Rates in the Country

You have to make it past freshman year in order to graduate. With only 54.0% of students staying on to become sophomores, Dixie State University has among the worst freshman retention rates in the country.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 72.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Utah, the average is 61.0%.

### Dixie State College 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, 45.2% of Dixie State College Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Dixie State College, there were 1,533 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2013. By 2015, six years after beginning their degree, 45.2% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 47.4% 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 52.6% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 806 students, 59 were still working towards their degree, 27 had transferred to a different institution, and Dixie State College lost contact with the remaining 719 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 Dixie State College Represent 59.5% of the Class of 2013 and 65.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 12.0%,
**first-time** students in the Dixie State College class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 50.0%
and by 2017, 52.0%
of this class had completed their degree.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
33.4% after four years,
47.6% after six years, and
49.2% after eight years.

### Dixie State College 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 Dixie State College, we expected
that after six years about 37.7% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 48.0% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 437 students, 37 were still working towards their degree, 14 had transferred to a different institution, and Dixie State College lost contact with the remaining 386 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Dixie State College Represent 15.7% of the Class of 2013 and 9.8% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 25.0%,
**first-time** students in the Dixie State College class of 2013 who attended classes
**part-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 29.6%.

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 Dixie State College

### 70.4% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 169 students, 14 were still working towards their degree, 1 had transferred to a different institution, and Dixie State College lost contact with the remaining 154 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Dixie State College Represent 16.2% of the Class of 2013 and 17.7% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 51.2%,
**returning** students in the Dixie State College class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 52.0%.

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 Dixie State College

### 48.0% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 119 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 5 had transferred to a different institution, and Dixie State College lost contact with the remaining 111 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Dixie State College Represent 8.7% of the Class of 2013 and 7.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 37.6%,
**returning** students in the Dixie State College class of 2013 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 39.8%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
36.7% after six years and
38.6% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for Returning / Part-time Graduation Rates at Dixie State College

### 60.1% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 80 students, 5 were still working towards their degree, 7 had transferred to a different institution, and Dixie State College lost contact with the remaining 68 whom we assume dropped out.