First-Year Retention:
Retention Rates - First-Time College Freshmen Returning Their Second Year

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Freshmen to Sophomore Retention Rates

Calculation

IPEDS fall 2005 full-time retention rates are reported by institution and reflect fall 2004 first-time full-time undergraduates who return as either full- time or part-time students in fall 2005. Fall 2005 full- time retention rates are determined for each state by calculating a weighted average based on each reporting institutions fall 2004 first-time full-time undergraduate enrollment.

IPEDS fall 2005 part-time retention rates are reported by institution and reflect fall 2004 first-time part-time undergraduates who return as either full-time or part-time students in fall 2005. Fall 2005 part-time retention rates are determined for each state by calculating a weighted average based on each reporting institutions fall 2004 first-time part-time undergraduate enrollment.

Fall 2005 overall retention rates are calculated for each state using the state calculated full-time and part-time retention rates. The full-time and part-time retention rates are weighted by their respective fall 2004 first-time full-time and first-time part-time enrollments and averaged to obtain an overall retention rate.

The above is a description of the 2005 data. The same procedure is used for data from earlier or more recent years.

Sources/Links

NCES, IPEDS 2005 Institutional Characteristics File; hd2005 Early Release Data File
10-09-06.
NCES, IPEDS 2005 Enrollment Retention Rate File; ef2005d Early Release Data File
10-30-06.
NCES, IPEDS Fall 2005 Enrollment File; ef2005a Early Release Data File
10-30-06 (used for reporting coverage).
NCES, IPEDS Fall 2004 Enrollment File; ef2004a Final Release Data File
03-28-06 (used in retention rate calculations).

http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/