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Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention rates measure student persistence, and graduation rates measure program completion. The U.S. Department of Education developed the official definitions, procedures, and metrics for calculating retention and graduation rates nationwide.

The Retention Rate is defined as the percentage of first-time, full-time freshmen students who enter in the fall term and continue to be enrolled in the fall term of their sophomore year. The Office of Institutional Research extends the calculation of retention statistics to subsequent fall terms as well—to gauge the overall persistence of Fordham undergraduates.

The Graduation Rate is defined as the percentage of first-time, full-time freshmen students who complete their undergraduate degrees in 4, 6, or 8 years—using the original cohort as the denominator for each year. The Office of Institutional Research extends the calculation of graduation statistics to additional years as well—to capture the overall completion patterns of Fordham undergraduates.

This section of the Fact Book contains two sub-sections.

Retention and Graduation Rates - University 
This sub-section offers a longitudinal history of retention and graduation rates from a University-wide perspective. Specifically, contents include: Retention Rates of First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen Undergraduates; and Cumulative Graduation Rates of First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen Undergraduates.

Retention and Graduation Rates By College
A comprehensive and consolidated view of retention and graduation rates year-by-year is presented in this sub-section, displaying statistics broken out by the individual Schools of the University.