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Class of Initial Size Adjusted Cohort Fresh-Soph Retention
1994 534 534 87.1%
1995 423 423 88.7%
1996 601 601 85.9%
1997 505 505 84.2%
1998 574 574 81.0%
1999 572 572 84.8%
2000 593 593 82.4%
2001 476 476 82.1%
2002 478 478 82.6%
2003 575 575 85.5%
2004 612 612 84.2%
2005 510 510 87.5%
2006 619 618 86.5%
2007 566 565 90.3%
2008 566 566 89.9%
2009 535 534 89.3%
2010 611 609 88.2%
2011 627 627 87.9%
2012 616 616 91.7%
2013 580 579 92.4%
2014 609 609 90.0%
2015 647 647 92.6%
2016 642 641 89.5%

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.