## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

Make an informed decision about your education by understanding how UARK'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 UARK. 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 UARK
- Graduation Rates at University of Arkansas

## UARK Has a Better Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

With 82.0% of students making it past their freshman year, University of Arkansas has freshman retention rates above the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 72.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Arkansas, the average is 68.0%.

### UARK 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, 61.0% of UARK Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At UARK, there were 4,210 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2013. By 2015, six years after beginning their degree, 61.0% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 63.7% 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 36.3% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 1,531 students, 42 were still working towards their degree, 543 had transferred to a different institution, and UARK lost contact with the remaining 945 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 UARK Represent 70.7% of the Class of 2013 and 72.6% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 37.0%,
**first-time** students in the UARK class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After six years, the graduation rate was 62.3%
and by 2017, 65.4%
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.

### UARK 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 UARK, we expected
that after six years about 70.4% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 34.6% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 1,030 students, 31 were still working towards their degree, 410 had transferred to a different institution, and UARK lost contact with the remaining 589 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at UARK Represent 0.8% of the Class of 2013 and 0.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 18.8%,
**first-time** students in the UARK class of 2013 who attended classes
**part-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 18.8%.

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 UARK

### 81.2% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 26 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 8 had transferred to a different institution, and UARK lost contact with the remaining 15 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at UARK Represent 22.0% of the Class of 2013 and 21.9% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 61.4%,
**returning** students in the UARK class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 63.2%.

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 UARK

### 36.8% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 341 students, 4 were still working towards their degree, 108 had transferred to a different institution, and UARK lost contact with the remaining 229 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at UARK Represent 6.5% of the Class of 2013 and 5.2% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 49.8%,
**returning** students in the UARK 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 51.3%.

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 UARK

### 48.7% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 133 students, 4 were still working towards their degree, 17 had transferred to a different institution, and UARK lost contact with the remaining 112 whom we assume dropped out.