## 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 ENC. 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 ENC
- Graduation Rates at Eastern Nazarene College

## ENC Has a Lower Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

In order to graduate you have to make it past freshman year. With only 64.0% of students staying on to become sophomores, Eastern Nazarene College 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 Massachusetts, the average is 81.0%.

### ENC 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, 57.4% of ENC Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At ENC, there were 333 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 57.4% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 57.4% 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 42.6% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 143 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 31 had transferred to a different institution, and ENC lost contact with the remaining 111 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 ENC Represent 48.9% of the Class of 2012 and 40.8% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 41.0%,
**first-time** students in the ENC class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 47.8%
and by 2016, 47.8%
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.

### ENC 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 ENC, we expected
that after six years about 43.5% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 52.2% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 85 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 20 had transferred to a different institution, and ENC lost contact with the remaining 65 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at ENC Represent 0.3% of the Class of 2012 and 0.5% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 100.0%,
**first-time** students in the ENC class of 2012 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 100.0%.

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 ENC

### 0.0% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

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

## Returning / Full-time Students at ENC Represent 47.8% of the Class of 2012 and 53.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 64.1%,
**returning** students in the ENC 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 64.1%.

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 ENC

### 35.8% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 57 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 11 had transferred to a different institution, and ENC lost contact with the remaining 46 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at ENC Represent 3.0% of the Class of 2012 and 5.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 100.0%,
**returning** students in the ENC class of 2012 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 100.0%.

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 ENC

### 0.0% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

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