Retention & Graduation Rates
This page is updated annually in the Spring.
The following data include information about student success including retention rates, graduation rates, and students who successfully transfer, broken out in various ways.
||Tables & Reports
- One-year Freshmen Retention Rates at Starting Institution and Statewide, by Institution and Race-Ethnicity (fall)
- One-year Freshmen Retention Rates at Any Institution, Full-time/Part-time Status and Race-Ethnicity (fall)
- 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2005-06, 2004-05, 2003-04, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-00, 1998-99, 1997-98
- Six-Year Graduation Rates at Four-Year Public Institutions by Race, Gender, and Residency, Entering Class:
- Three-Year Graduation Rates at KCTCS, Entering Class:
- Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)
A number used by the federal government to identify an academic program or major. Similar majors tend to fall under the same first two numbers within a CIP.
- First-Time Student
A student who enters a college or university as their first traditional higher education experience. This does not include students who are still enrolled in high school and take dual credit postsecondary courses.
- Graduation Rate
The proportion of students who enter as first-time, full-time degree-seeking students in a given summer or fall who also earn a credential within 150 percent of the time normally needed to complete the degree. For example: bachelor’s degree graduation rates are calculated over six years, associate’s degrees are calculated over three years.
- Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) collects information annually from all postsecondary institutions that participate in the federal financial aid program through the IPEDS system of surveys.
- Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)
Kentucky's system of two-year public community and technical colleges.
Successfully moving from one level of education to another, such as completing a high school diploma or GED and matriculating to a college, or completing a two-year degree and matriculating to a university to work on a four-year degree.
Continued enrollment of students as they work toward completing a credential.
The proportion of first-time postsecondary students who enter a public Kentucky institution in a given fall semester and return to any Kentucky institution the following fall semester.
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Student majors or degrees that fall under the federal Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) list of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs based on their federal Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes.