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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
2011
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2012
Cohort
2013
Cohort
2014
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2015
Cohort
2016
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2017
Cohort
2018
Cohort
2019
Cohort
2020
Bridgewater State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 1,450 1,425 1,451 1,506 1,493 1,381 1,475 1,481 1,576 1,336
# Returning to Same Institution 1,169 1,160 1,180 1,192 1,190 1,049 1,151 1,135 1,203 1,054
% Returning to Same Institution 80.6% 81.4% 81.3% 79.2% 79.7% 76.0% 78.0% 76.6% 76.3% 78.9%
Peer Retention Rate 74.5% 75.3% 76.6% 75.4% 75.9% 74.4% 74.7% 74.8% 77.2% N/A
Fitchburg State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 689 739 790 720 781 759 751 713 671 652
# Returning to Same Institution 511 580 613 540 587 595 551 525 514 445
% Returning to Same Institution 74.2% 78.5% 77.6% 75.0% 75.2% 78.4% 73.4% 73.6% 76.6% 68.3%
Peer Retention Rate 68.9% 69.4% 71.1% 71.8% 71.8% 70.3% 71.1% 71.5% 74.3% N/A
Framingham State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 920 821 804 806 844 739 758 756 772 608
# Returning to Same Institution 682 600 599 595 624 560 529 556 533 427
% Returning to Same Institution 74.1% 73.1% 74.5% 73.8% 73.9% 75.8% 69.8% 73.5% 69.0% 70.2%
Peer Retention Rate 72.8% 72.6% 75.0% 75.3% 74.5% 73.8% 72.6% 73.1% 75.5% N/A
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 311 352 366 327 293 374 422 363 378 331
# Returning to Same Institution 272 297 326 301 263 324 361 306 276 284
% Returning to Same Institution 87.5% 84.4% 89.1% 92.0% 89.8% 86.6% 85.5% 84.3% 73.0% 85.8%
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 306 308 271 351 270 325 287 257 285 170
# Returning to Same Institution 228 242 212 261 212 236 201 186 204 107
% Returning to Same Institution 74.5% 78.6% 78.2% 74.4% 78.5% 72.6% 70.0% 72.4% 71.6% 62.9%
Peer Retention Rate 73.2% 76.6% 73.4% 73.1% 73.3% 69.5% 70.4% 71.3% 72.1% N/A
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 277 302 332 321 385 402 392 399 404 327
# Returning to Same Institution 243 261 294 296 329 348 336 346 351 264
% Returning to Same Institution 87.7% 86.4% 88.6% 92.2% 85.5% 86.6% 85.7% 86.7% 86.9% 80.7%
Salem State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 989 1,086 1,074 1,127 1,082 1,130 1,082 1,097 997 965
# Returning to Same Institution 730 848 871 900 856 872 804 801 733 728
% Returning to Same Institution 73.8% 78.1% 81.1% 79.9% 79.1% 77.2% 74.3% 73.0% 73.5% 75.4%
Peer Retention Rate 73.7% 74.2% 75.6% 75.6% 75.8% 75.4% 73.7% 73.2% 77.0% N/A
Westfield State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 1,132 994 1,285 1,220 1,292 1,065 1,009 999 1,039 831
# Returning to Same Institution 904 785 985 954 998 833 750 715 751 627
% Returning to Same Institution 79.9% 79.0% 76.7% 78.2% 77.2% 78.2% 74.3% 71.6% 72.3% 75.5%
Peer Retention Rate 77.8% 78.1% 79.8% 79.5% 78.5% 78.9% 78.5% 77.2% 78.6% N/A
Worcester State University Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 790 781 775 785 808 782 906 887 878 799
# Returning to Same Institution 617 627 633 606 626 625 710 698 700 587
% Returning to Same Institution 78.1% 80.3% 81.7% 77.2% 77.5% 79.9% 78.4% 78.7% 79.7% 73.5%
Peer Retention Rate 74.0% 75.7% 76.9% 77.7% 77.0% 77.1% 75.3% 75.4% 76.7% N/A
State Universities Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 6,864 6,808 7,148 7,163 7,248 6,957 7,082 6,952 7,000 6,019
# Returning to Same Institution 5,356 5,400 5,713 5,645 5,685 5,442 5,393 5,268 5,265 4,523
% Returning to Same Institution 78.0% 79.3% 79.9% 78.8% 78.4% 78.2% 76.2% 75.8% 75.2% 75.1%
State Universities excluding MCAD and MMA Full-time First-Time Degree-Seeking Students 6,276 6,154 6,450 6,515 6,570 6,181 6,268 6,190 6,218 5,361
# Returning to Same Institution 4,841 4,842 5,093 5,048 5,093 4,770 4,696 4,616 4,638 3,975
% Returning to Same Institution 77.1% 78.7% 79.0% 77.5% 77.5% 77.2% 74.9% 74.6% 74.6% 74.1%
 
  Cohort
2011
Cohort
2012
Cohort
2013
Cohort
2014
Cohort
2015
Cohort
2016
Cohort
2017
Cohort
2018
Cohort
2019
Cohort
2020
Northeast States Retention Rate** 76.7% 77.8% 79.0% 78.3% 78.0% 77.7% 76.7% 76.5% 78.5% N/A
National Retention Rate 73.7% 74.7% 75.9% 76.1% 76.0% 75.8% 75.6% 75.9% 77.5% N/A
Page created 1/26/2022
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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