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 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. Monmouth's retention rate has improved over the decade and 80% of the first-time, full-time freshmen who entered in the fall of 2012 were enrolled at Monmouth in the fall of 2013.
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. Sixty-one percent of the full-time freshmen who entered in the fall of 2007 graduated by August 31, 2013. Most of them finished within four (42%) or five (59%) years.
Over the past decade, women graduated at a higher rate than men. The cohort of students who entered in 2007 reversed the trend with 62% of the men graduating in 6 years compared to 60% of the women.
Graduation rates for the main race/ethnic groups at Monmouth have generally improved over the past decade as shown in the chart above. The rates often fluctuate sharply from one year to the next due to the relatively small sizes of some of the groups.
The final chart compares the six year graduation rates for students who entered as freshmen in the fall of 2007 based on whether they received federally subsidized grants or loans. Students who received who received federally subsidized aid had somewhat lower six year graduation rates than those who did not receive subsidized aid.