Retention and graduation rates are calculated on groups of first-time, full-time freshmen who enter Monmouth in the fall semester. With rare exception, all freshmen entering Monmouth start as full-time students.
The retention rate is the percentage of a group of first-time, full-time freshmen entering in the fall of the year noted in the chart who enrolled the following fall semester. Monmouth's retention rate has improved over the decade and 79% of the first-time, full-time freshmen who entered in the fall of 2011 were enrolled at Monmouth in the fall of 2012.
The graduation rate indicates the percentage of a group of first-time, full-time freshmen who graduated by August 31 six years following their first fall semester. Sixty-four percent of the full-time freshmen who entered in the fall of 2006 graduated by August 31, 2012. Most of them finished within four (44%) or five (62%) years.
Over the past decade, women graduated at a higher rate than men. The gap between women and men's six year graduation rates for the students who entered in 2006 was the smallest of the decade (65% vs. 62% respectively).
Graduation rates for the main race/ethnic groups at Monmouth have improved over the past decade as shown in the chart above. The rates often fluctuate sharply from one year to the next due to the relatively small sizes of some of the groups.
The final chart compares the six year graduation rates for students who entered as freshmen in the fall of 2006 based on whether they received federally subsidized grants or loans. Students who received Pell grants had a somewhat lower graduation rate than either students who received federally subsidized loans or students who receive neither form of federal aid.