Official New Entering Student Graduation / Retention

Official New Entering Student Graduation and Retention rate data is available by student entry year since 2002 in customizable graduation/retention periods from one to ten years. Reports from Fall 1992 to Fall 2010 are available on our historical data page.

View the data load table for details on the scheduled updating and staff contacts for these data.

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Notes & Data Sources:
  • Data Sources:
    • University of Minnesota, Data Warehouse - retngrad_all snapshot table
    • AAUDE Data Warehouse - IPEDS Graduation Rates
  • This report only includes undergraduate new high school students (NHS) and new transfer students (NAS).
  • All status values -- graduated, enrolled, and not enrolled -- are mutually exclusive.
  • The NHS cohorts used in this report represent first-time/full-time new entering freshmen as defined by each campus. The NAS cohorts used in this report represent new entering transfer students as defined by each campus. For the Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester, these definitions match those used for official IPEDS reporting which exclude students who completed any college level coursework after graduating from high school (except for summer of the same year). For Crookston, the cohorts prior to Fall 2019 may include students who completed between 1 and 19 college-level semester credits after high school, but exclude students who did not declare they were seeking a bachelor’s degree as of their entry term. In addition, zero credit remedial courses are used in determining full time status.
  • Graduation status values represent cumulative bachelor's degree recipients at the UM from the fall term of entry through the summer term of the selected grad/retention period. For example, if a student entered in fall 2016 and received a bachelor's degree any time from fall 2016 through summer 2020, they would be counted initially as graduated in the four years after entry table and for all subsequent years.
  • Enrollment status reflects enrollments as of the end of the 2nd week of the fall term immediately following the selected grad/retention period. For example, if a student entered in fall 2016 and had not received a degree through summer 2020 and was enrolled for classes in fall 2020, he or she would be counted as enrolled in the four years after entry table, indicating the student returned for the start of his or her fifth year.