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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.

Retention Rate

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-two percent of the first-time full-time freshmen who entered in fall 2022 returned to Monmouth in the fall of 2023.

A chart showing retention rate over time, data is in the table that follows

6 Year Graduation Rate

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.

A chart showing graduation rate over time, data is in the table that follows

By Gender

Over the past decade, women have usually graduated at a higher rate than men. For the group of freshmen entering in 2017, women again graduated at a slightly higher rate (73%) than men (66%).

A chart showing graduation rate by gender over time, data is in the table that follows

By Race/Ethnic Group

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 rates of the groups over the last decade may be seen in the chart below.

A chart showing graduation rate over time by race/ethnic group, data is in the table that follows
Black, non-Hispanic66%57%59%59%50%67%68%57%53%65%
White, non-Hispanic68%69%71%73%71%75%77%71%72%73%
Two or more races89%70%63%61%70%72%57%60%71%

By Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, or Neither

The final chart compares the six year graduation rates of fall 2017 first-time freshmen who received either a Pell Grant or Direct Subsidized Loan with students who received neither.

A chart showing 6 year graduation rates by financial aid type
2017 CohortRate
Recipients of Pell Grants67%
Recipients of Direct Subsidized Loans, but not Pell Grants70%
Received neither Pell Grants nor Subsidized Loans73%

In compliance with regulations governing NCAA Division 1 athletics, Monmouth University annually reports graduation information on students receiving athletically-related aid to the NCAA.  This information may be found at