## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

Make an informed decision about your education by understanding how Olivet 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 Olivet 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 Olivet College
- Graduation Rates at Olivet College

## Olivet College Has a Lower Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

In order to graduate you have to make it past freshman year. With only 67.0% of students staying on to become sophomores, Olivet College has freshman retention rates below the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 72.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Michigan, the average is 73.0%.

### Olivet 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, 36.3% of Olivet College Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Olivet College, there were 317 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2013. By 2015, six years after beginning their degree, 36.3% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 36.3% 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 63.7% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 203 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 79 had transferred to a different institution, and Olivet College lost contact with the remaining 122 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 Olivet College Represent 89.0% of the Class of 2013 and 94.8% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 27.0%,
**first-time** students in the Olivet College class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After six years, the graduation rate was 38.6%
and by 2017, 38.6%
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.

### Olivet College 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 Olivet College, 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 Olivet College

### 61.3% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 173 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 67 had transferred to a different institution, and Olivet College lost contact with the remaining 105 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Olivet College Represent 0.6% of the Class of 2013 and 0.9% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 50.0%,
**first-time** students in the Olivet College class of 2013 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 50.0%.

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 Olivet College

### 50.0% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 1 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 0 had transferred to a different institution, and Olivet College lost contact with the remaining 1 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Olivet College Represent 10.1% of the Class of 2013 and 4.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 15.6%,
**returning** students in the Olivet College class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 15.6%.

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 Olivet College

### 84.4% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 27 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 12 had transferred to a different institution, and Olivet College lost contact with the remaining 15 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Olivet College Represent 0.3% of the Class of 2013 and 0.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 0.0%,
**returning** students in the Olivet College class of 2013 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 **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 Olivet College

### 100.0% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 1 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 0 had transferred to a different institution, and Olivet College lost contact with the remaining 1 whom we assume dropped out.