First-year Retention Rates

Retention measures the number of first-year students who return to college for their second year (also referred to as freshman-to-sophomore retention.) Higher retention rates indicate that more students are continuing with their degrees rather than transferring or dropping out. Since 2010, retention rates at four-year institutions has remained steady, while retention rates at two-year institutions decreased for a few years before slowly recovering.

For consistency, we limit the data to first-time, full-time degree- or certificate-seeking students.