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State University—First-Year Retention Rate (Fall to Fall) New First-Time, Full-time Degree-Seeking Students

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Institution Number and Percentages Cohort
2010
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2011
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2012
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2013
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2014
Cohort
2015
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2016
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2017
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2018
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2019
Bridgewater State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 1,431 1,450 1,425 1,451 1,506 1,493 1,381 1,475 1,481 1,576
# Returning to Same Institution 1,157 1,169 1,160 1,180 1,192 1,190 1,049 1,151 1,135 1,203
% Returning to Same Institution 80.9% 80.6% 81.4% 81.3% 79.2% 79.7% 76.0% 78.0% 76.6% 76.3%
Peer Retention Rate 76.7% 74.5% 75.3% 76.6% 75.4% 75.9% 74.4% 74.7% N/A N/A
Fitchburg State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 721 689 739 790 720 781 759 751 713 671
# Returning to Same Institution 525 511 580 613 540 587 595 551 525 514
% Returning to Same Institution 72.8% 74.2% 78.5% 77.6% 75.0% 75.2% 78.4% 73.4% 73.6% 76.6%
Peer Retention Rate 68.9% 68.9% 69.4% 71.1% 71.8% 71.8% 70.3% 71.1% N/A N/A
Framingham State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 720 920 821 804 806 844 739 758 756 772
# Returning to Same Institution 536 682 600 599 595 624 560 529 556 533
% Returning to Same Institution 74.4% 74.1% 73.1% 74.5% 73.8% 73.9% 75.8% 69.8% 73.5% 69.0%
Peer Retention Rate 73.8% 72.8% 72.6% 75.0% 75.3% 74.5% 73.8% 72.6% N/A N/A
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 338 311 352 366 327 293 374 422 363 378
# Returning to Same Institution 304 272 297 326 301 263 324 361 306 276
% Returning to Same Institution 89.9% 87.5% 84.4% 89.1% 92.0% 89.8% 86.6% 85.5% 84.3% 73.0%
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 351 306 308 271 351 270 325 287 257 285
# Returning to Same Institution 250 228 242 212 261 212 236 201 186 204
% Returning to Same Institution 71.2% 74.5% 78.6% 78.2% 74.4% 78.5% 72.6% 70.0% 72.4% 71.6%
Peer Retention Rate 72.8% 73.2% 76.6% 73.4% 73.1% 73.3% 69.5% 70.4% N/A N/A
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 282 277 302 332 321 385 402 392 399 404
# Returning to Same Institution 255 243 261 294 296 329 348 336 346 351
% Returning to Same Institution 90.4% 87.7% 86.4% 88.6% 92.2% 85.5% 86.6% 85.7% 86.7% 86.9%
Salem State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 986 989 1,086 1,074 1,127 1,082 1,130 1,082 1,097 997
# Returning to Same Institution 723 730 848 871 900 856 872 804 801 733
% Returning to Same Institution 73.3% 73.8% 78.1% 81.1% 79.9% 79.1% 77.2% 74.3% 73.0% 73.5%
Peer Retention Rate 75.5% 73.7% 74.2% 75.6% 75.6% 75.8% 75.4% 73.7% N/A N/A
Westfield State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 1,135 1,132 994 1,285 1,220 1,292 1,065 1,009 999 1,039
# Returning to Same Institution 901 904 785 985 954 998 833 750 715 751
% Returning to Same Institution 79.4% 79.9% 79.0% 76.7% 78.2% 77.2% 78.2% 74.3% 71.6% 72.3%
Peer Retention Rate 77.9% 77.8% 78.1% 79.8% 79.5% 78.5% 78.9% 78.5% N/A N/A
Worcester State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 809 790 781 775 785 808 782 906 887 878
# Returning to Same Institution 644 617 627 633 606 626 625 710 698 700
% Returning to Same Institution 79.6% 78.1% 80.3% 81.7% 77.2% 77.5% 79.9% 78.4% 78.7% 79.7%
Peer Retention Rate 74.0% 74.0% 75.7% 76.9% 77.7% 77.0% 77.1% 75.3% N/A N/A
State Universities Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 6,773 6,864 6,808 7,148 7,163 7,248 6,957 7,082 6,952 7,000
# Returning to Same Institution 5,295 5,356 5,400 5,713 5,645 5,685 5,442 5,393 5,268 5,265
% Returning to Same Institution 78.2% 78.0% 79.3% 79.9% 78.8% 78.4% 78.2% 76.2% 75.8% 75.2%
State Universities excluding MCAD and MMA Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 6,153 6,276 6,154 6,450 6,515 6,570 6,181 6,268 6,190 6,218
# Returning to Same Institution 4,736 4,841 4,842 5,093 5,048 5,093 4,770 4,696 4,616 4,638
% Returning to Same Institution 77.0% 77.1% 78.7% 79.0% 77.5% 77.5% 77.2% 74.9% 74.6% 74.6%
 
  Cohort
2010
Cohort
2011
Cohort
2012
Cohort
2013
Cohort
2014
Cohort
2015
Cohort
2016
Cohort
2017
Cohort
2018
Cohort
2019
Northeast States Retention Rate** 77.8% 76.7% 77.8% 79.0% 78.3% 78.0% 77.7% 76.7% N/A N/A
National Retention Rate 73.8% 73.7% 74.7% 75.9% 76.1% 76.0% 75.8% 75.6% N/A N/A
Page created 1/21/2021
Source: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Northeast States Average calculated from IPEDS, using New England and Mideast states in Carnegie Classification 21: Master I Institutions.
National Rate calculated from IPEDS, using All 50 States with Carnegie Classification 21: Master 1 Institutions.
Cohort Identification: These are the Fall Term Credit Students, identified with a cohort when their current registration = New; their New Student Type = Degree-seeking; and enrollment is full-time with >= 12 credits. When a student is classified as First-time, Full-time, degrees seeking they are included in that year’s cohort.
Returning Identification: These are students who are determined as returning by matching specific student identifiers from entry in each Fall Term. The % Returning = the # Returning/the total cohort of Full-time First-time Degree-Seeking Students for that year.
N/A: Data for national and peer comparison data groups is not yet available for this cohort year.

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