## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

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

## ECSU Has a Better Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

With 77.0% of students making it past their freshman year, Eastern Connecticut State University has freshman retention rates above the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 68.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Connecticut, the average is 75.0%.

### ECSU 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, 56.9% of ECSU Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At ECSU, there were 1,763 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2014. By 2016, six years after beginning their degree, 56.9% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 58.5% 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 41.5% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 733 students, 40 were still working towards their degree, 515 had transferred to a different institution, and ECSU lost contact with the remaining 177 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 ECSU Represent 54.0% of the Class of 2014 and 53.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 44.0%,
**first-time** students in the ECSU class of 2014 who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 56.0%
and by 2018, 57.6%
of this class had completed their degree.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
33.3% after four years,
46.2% after six years, and
47.7% after eight years.

### ECSU 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 ECSU, we expected
that after six years about 44.8% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 42.4% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2014 had not Completed Their Degree by 2018

Of these 404 students, 18 were still working towards their degree, 304 had transferred to a different institution, and ECSU lost contact with the remaining 82 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at ECSU Represent 2.9% of the Class of 2014 and 2.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 40.4%,
**first-time** students in the ECSU class of 2014 who attended classes
**part-time** were among the most likely in the nation to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 44.2%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
21.4% after six years and
23.7% after eight years.

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

### 55.8% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2014 had not Completed Their Degree by 2018

Of these 29 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 21 had transferred to a different institution, and ECSU lost contact with the remaining 7 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at ECSU Represent 34.7% of the Class of 2014 and 36.7% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 60.9%,
**returning** students in the ECSU class of 2014 who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 61.9%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
53.9% after six years and
55.2% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for Returning / Full-time Graduation Rates at ECSU

### 38.1% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2014 had not Completed Their Degree by 2018

Of these 233 students, 12 were still working towards their degree, 154 had transferred to a different institution, and ECSU lost contact with the remaining 67 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at ECSU Represent 8.4% of the Class of 2014 and 8.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 52.0%,
**returning** students in the ECSU class of 2014 who attended classes
**part-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 55.4%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
36.0% after six years and
37.9% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for Returning / Part-time Graduation Rates at ECSU

### 44.6% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2014 had not Completed Their Degree by 2018

Of these 66 students, 9 were still working towards their degree, 36 had transferred to a different institution, and ECSU lost contact with the remaining 21 whom we assume dropped out.