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Institutional Research

Retention and Graduation Rates

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 first-time 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.  Eighty-one percent of the first-time full-time freshmen who entered in Fall 2017, returned to Monmouth in the fall of 2018.


The graduation rate indicates the percentage of a group of first-time, full-time freshmen who graduated by June 30 six years following their first fall semester.

Monmouth graduation rate has risen over the past decade and 69% of the full-time freshmen who entered in Fall 2012 graduated by June 30, 2018.  Most of them finished within four (56%) or five (68%) years.

Over the past decade, with the exception of the group who entered in Fall 2007, women have graduated at a higher rate than men. For the freshmen entering in Fall 2012, 70% of the women graduated within six years compared to 68% of the men. But men’s graduation rate shows a rising trend during the same decade


Graduation rates for the main race/ethnic groups at Monmouth often fluctuate sharply from one year to the next due to the relatively small sizes of some of the groups.  The trends in the six year graduation rate of Monmouth Fall 2012 Freshmen cohort may be seen in the chart below.


The final chart compares the six year graduation rates of Fall 2012 first-time freshmen who received either Pell Grant or Direct Subsidized Loan with students who received neither.


All colleges and universities are required by NCAA legislation and
federal law (the Student Right-to-Know act from 1990) to report student
graduation rates, and those institutions offering athletics aid are
required to report for their student-athletes as well. The NCAA acquires  student-athlete graduation rate data from the Department of Education’s
Integrated Post-Secondary Data System Graduation Rate Survey