## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

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

## The First Year Retention Rates at Walden University Could Not Be Determined

We were not able to determine the freshman retention rate at Walden University.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 72.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in Minnesota, the average is 76.0%.

### 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, 29.9% of Walden University Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Walden University, there were 755 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2013. By 2015, six years after beginning their degree, 29.9% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 30.7% 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 69.3% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 524 students, 4 were still working towards their degree, 197 had transferred to a different institution, and Walden University lost contact with the remaining 322 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 Walden University Represent 0.4% of the Class of 2013 and 0.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 33.0%,
**first-time** students in the Walden University class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** had a graduation rate similar to the national average.
After six years, the graduation rate was 33.3%
and by 2017, 33.3%
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.

### The Graduation Rate at Walden University is About What we had Anticipated

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 Walden University, we expected
that after six years about 34.9% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

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

### 66.7% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 2 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 0 had transferred to a different institution, and Walden University lost contact with the remaining 1 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Walden University Represent 56.6% of the Class of 2013 and 40.1% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 20.4%,
**first-time** students in the Walden University 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 21.8%.

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 Walden University

### 78.2% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 334 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 108 had transferred to a different institution, and Walden University lost contact with the remaining 223 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Walden University Represent 2.2% of the Class of 2013 and 3.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 47.1%,
**returning** students in the Walden University class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 47.1%.

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 Walden University

### 52.9% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 9 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 4 had transferred to a different institution, and Walden University lost contact with the remaining 5 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Walden University Represent 40.8% of the Class of 2013 and 56.0% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 42.2%,
**returning** students in the Walden University 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 42.2%.

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 Walden University

### 57.8% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 178 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 85 had transferred to a different institution, and Walden University lost contact with the remaining 93 whom we assume dropped out.