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 2015 full-time retention rates are reported by institution and reflect fall 2014 first-time full-time undergraduates who return as either full- time or part-time students in fall 2015. Fall 2015 full- time retention rates are determined for each state by calculating a weighted average based on each reporting institutions fall 2014 first-time full-time undergraduate enrollment.

IPEDS fall 2015 part-time retention rates are reported by institution and reflect fall 2014 first-time part-time undergraduates who return as either full-time or part-time students in fall 2015. Fall 2015 part-time retention rates are determined for each state by calculating a weighted average based on each reporting institutions fall 2014 first-time part-time undergraduate enrollment.

Fall 2015 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 2014 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 2015 data. The same procedure is used for data from earlier or more recent years.

Sources/Links

NCES, IPEDS 2015 Institutional Characteristics File; hd2015.
NCES, IPEDS 2015 Enrollment Retention Rate File; ef2015d
NCES, IPEDS Fall 2015 Enrollment File; ef2015a
NCES, IPEDS Fall 2014 Enrollment File; ef2014a (used in retention rate calculations).

The following institutions (mainly online) that skew state results are excluded from their states figures but included in the National total: 106102 (Western International University, Arizona), 372213 (University of Phoenix Online, Arizona through 2013), 484613 (University of Phoenix, Arizona Starting in 2014), 154022 (Ashford University, Iowa - California starting 2014), 260901 (Kaplan University, Iowa), 444158 (Colorado Technical University Online, Colorado), 449339 (American Public University, West Virginia).

DC is included in the National Total.

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