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Class of Adjusted Cohort 4yr Grad 5yr Grad 6yr Grad
1990 591 79.9% 83.9% 84.4%
1991 568 76.8% 81.2% 81.7%
1992 569 76.6% 79.1% 80.8%
1993 529 74.5% 79.4% 80.5%
1994 532 71.1% 75.4% 76.3%
1995 421 76.0% 80.5% 80.8%
1996 601 68.9% 72.9% 73.2%
1997 505 69.5% 73.3% 73.9%
1998 572 66.8% 70.8% 72.0%
1999 571 67.3% 70.1% 70.9%
2000 592 65.5% 71.3% 71.8%
2001 476 68.7% 73.7% 73.9%
2002 478 70.9% 74.5% 75.1%
2003 574 71.4% 74.7% 75.3%
2004 612 71.2% 75.3% 76.0%
2005 510 73.7% 77.1% 77.5%
2006 615 72.0% 75.3% 75.9%
2007 565 78.6% 80.4% 80.9%
2008 566 78.4% 81.8% 82.9%
2009 534 76.2% 79.4% 80.3%
2010 608 76.2% 79.3% 79.6%
2011 627 76.9% 80.2% 80.4%
2012 616 79.5% 84.1%  
2013 579 82.2%    
2014 609      

Includes students who graduated in May and August of a calendar year

First-year to sophomore-year retention rates and six-year graduation rates are reported to the National Center for Educational Statistics as part of the "Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System"(IPEDS) on an annual basis. The statistics above are consistent with federal reporting guidelines:

  • A "cohort" is a specific group of students established for tracking purposes. According to the Student Right-to-Know legislation, the graduation rate student (GRS) cohort is defined as all full-time first-time degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered in the fall or preceding summer session of a given year.
  • "Adjusted Cohort":The legislation allows to remove (delete) the following students from the GRS cohort for calculations of graduation/retention rates:students who died or were totally and permanently disabled; those who left school to serve in the armed forces; those who left to serve with a foreign aid service of the federal government, such as the Peace Corps; and those who left to serve on official church mission.
  • The "Six-Year Graduation Rate"is the percent of students in a GRS cohort who completed their baccalaureate degree within 150 percent of normal time.
  • The "Retention Rate"is the percent of first time freshmen students, as defined by the GRS cohort, who returned to the same institution the following fall.

Please note that all cohorts and retention rate reports are based on St. Lawrence University's established official census date, the first (work) day in October. Students on SLU approved study-abroad programs are counted as active SLU students.