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Student Retention & Graduation Rates

Colleges pay lots of attention to the percentage of their new freshmen who return for their sophomore year as well as the percentage of each freshman cohort who eventually graduate.  These two metrics are reported to regulatory agencies as well to publishers of college guidebooks and college choice websites.  These two percentages are widely regarded as proxies for student satisfaction and achievement.

Retention and graduation rates can and do vary significantly between different colleges and even from year to year at one college depending upon many variables.  Incoming student quality indices such as SAT scores are highly correlated with retention rates; better students tend to stay with their studies and their original college.  Based upon analysis of benchmark data from peer colleges, RMU believes that it has retention and graduation rates that are very comparable with colleges of similar academic quality 

RMU actively tries to boost its retention and graduation rates.  The Center for Student Success and the Department of Athletics offer extensive tutoring and counseling services to students who need academic or personal help with various aspects of their college life.  The University also has a Committee for Student Success with membership from every area of its operations.  The Committee examines retention data and trends in order to pinpoint and address areas of strength and weakness.


Here is some recent retention, graduation and transfer-out rate data for RMU: 

Freshman to Sophomore Retention - First Time, Full Time Freshmen
Reported in Fall 2011  Fall 2012  Fall 2013   Fall 2014  Fall 2015
Cohort Beginning Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012  Fall 2013  Fall 2014
One Year Retention Rate 81%  76%  81%  83%  85%
Four Year Graduation Rate - First Time, Full Time Freshmen
Reported in Fall 2011  Fall 2012  Fall 2013   Fall 2014  Fall 2015
Cohort Beginning Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009  Fall 2010  Fall 2011
Four Year Graduation Rate 41%  46%  39%  45%  40%
 
Six Year Graduation Rate - First Time, Full Time Freshmen
Reported in Fall 2011  Fall 2012  Fall 2013   Fall 2014  Fall 2015
Cohort Beginning Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007  Fall 2008  Fall 2009
Six Year Graduation Rate 59%  54%  56%  62%  58%
Transfer Out Rate - First Time, Full Time Freshman
Reported in Fall 2011  Fall 2012  Fall 2013   Fall 2014  Fall 2015
Cohort Beginning Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007  Fall 2008  Fall 2009
Original Cohort 685  649  664 645 722
Number Transferred Out 209  210  206  169 217
Transfer Out Rate 31% 32%  31%  26%  30%
RMU has made significant improvement in its retention and graduation rates over the past decade.  The freshman-to-sophomore retention rate reported for fall 2015 are the highest in RMU's history .