Retention Rates

Retention is an important measure of student persistence and achievement that is widely used for continuous improvement by the University. Provided are the retention rates for the 2010 through 2015 first-time, full-time cohorts. Over this period, second-year retention rates were consistently near 80%, third-year rates near 70% and fourth-year rates near 68%.

Retention Rates at Bellarmine University

Cohort Year

N

2nd - Year Retention

3rd - Year Retention

4th - Year Retention

N

Rate

N

Rate

N

Rate

2015

707

563

80%

-

-

-

-

2014

665

537

81%

457

69%

-

-

2013

674

537

80%

478

71%

451

67%

2012

606

483

80%

446

74%

421

70%

2011

600

483

81%

413

69%

398

67%

2010

557

448

78%

400

70%

385

67%

Average:

 

 

80%

 

70%

 

68%

University-established retention goals have focused on second-year rates because of their significant contribution to graduation rates and emergence as an industry standard in higher education.

Bellarmine University’s first-to-second-year retention rate is shown for the 2014 first-time, full-time cohort. The average first-to-second-year retention rates for four-year Kentucky public institutions and members of AIKCU, excluding Bellarmine, have been provided as well.

For a list of institutions included in each of these benchmark groups, please refer to the AIKCU (Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges & Universities) website.