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  • Monmouth University 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.  Seventy-nine percent of the first-time full-time freshmen who entered in Fall 2016, returned to Monmouth in the fall of 2017.



    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.  The graduation rate has risen over the past decade and 70% of the full-time freshmen who entered in the fall of 2011 graduated by August 31, 2017.  Most of them finished within four (57%) or five (69%) 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 2011, 73% of the women graduated within 6 years compared to 66% of the men. 




    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 6 year graduation rate may be seen in the chart below.




    The final chart compares the six year graduation rates of Fall 2011 first-time freshmen who received either Pell Grants or subsidized Stafford Loans 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 (IPEDS-GRS).