Enrollment Management > Student Retention
There may be no better measure of DePaul's mission than the degree attainment of the diverse student body. Increasing student retention and degree completion is a shared effort that crosses departments and divisions.
Broadly speaking, retention refers to the ability of an institution to successfully graduate the students who initially enroll. Two rates currently serve as the primary measures of institutional comparison when discussing retention. The retention rate reported in government statistics reflects how many first-time, full-time freshmen who start at an institution in fall return for a second year. The six-year graduation rate, another federal government statistic, shows how many first-time, full-time freshmen who begin seeking a bachelor's degree at a four-year institution complete their degree at that same institution in six years.
DePaul's first-year retention rates are consistently high, and the reported six-year graduation rate exceeds the graduation rate that would be statistically predicted given the academic and demographic profile of the student population. Nevertheless, DePaul is invested in finding innovative ways—like the 4 Ps—to improve student outcomes.
Institutional Research and Market Analytics (IRMA) produces yearly reports on overall retention and graduation rates, as well as outcomes for DePaul students filtered by academic performance, background characteristics and college. The data presented in the report below represent outcomes for first-time, full-time degree seeking students. See the IRMA Fact File for additional student data.
This year's five-year graduation rate is the highest in university history.
Read more in the "Trends in Freshman Retention and Graduation" annual report.