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 For comparison, the national Freshman-Sophmore retention rate at 4-year private non-profit institutions is 80% (Reference).

Entering Fall of Initial Size Adjusted Cohort Fresh-Soph Retention
1990 534 534 87.1%
1991 423 423 88.7%
1993 505 505 84.2%
1994 574 574 81.0%
1995 572 572 84.8%
1996 593 593 82.4%
1997 476 476 82.1%
1998 478 478 82.6%
1999 575 575 85.5%
2000 612 612 84.2%
2001 510 510 87.5%
2002 619 618 86.5%
2003 566 565 90.3%
2004 566 566 89.9%
2005 535 534 89.3%
2006 611 609 88.2%
2007 627 627 87.9%
2008 616 616 91.7%
2009 580 579 92.4%
2010 609 609 90.0%
2012 642 641 89.5%
2013 629 629 89.9%

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 "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.