The retention rate measures the percentage of a freshman class cohort still enrolled one year after entering. The graduation rate measures the percentage graduating within six years of entering. The cohort includes all new freshmen entering in the fall semester taking a full-time load the first semester.
NC State’s retention and graduation rates are comparable to those of similar institutions. Universities with large enrollments in science and engineering programs typically have lower graduation rates than those with large enrollments in the liberal arts and sciences. In addition, many of our students take advantage of curricular and co-curricular opportunities that extend their time to graduation. NC State’s graduation rates have steadily increased over the last 10 years.