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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.

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-four percent of the first-time full-time freshmen who entered in Fall 2020 returned to Monmouth in the fall of 2021.

Chart Shows Student Retention Rates 2011 - 2020

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.

Chart shows 6 Year Graduation Rate between 2006 and 2015


Over the past decade, women have usually graduated at a higher rate than men. For the group of freshmen entering in 2015, women again graduated at a slightly higher rate (70%) than men (68%).

Chart shows graduation rates between male and female students between 2006 and 2015

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.

Chart shows graduation rates among race/ethnic groups between 2006 and 2015


The final chart compares the six year graduation rates of Fall 2015 first-time freshmen who received either a Pell Grant or Direct Subsidized Loan with students who received neither.

Chart compares graduation rates for first-time freshmen in 2015 who received Pell Grants or Direct Subsidized Loans and those who did not receive either one


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