Retention Rates by College

News to ponder: UK’s preliminary retention rate for the 2011 cohort is 81.3%, two-tenths of a percent below last year’s rate. On a brighter note, this is the fifth year in a row that our retention rate has surpassed 80%. In the table below, the “Retained within College” column reflects the percentage of students who started in a UK college last fall (2011) and are still enrolled there this fall. The “Retained within UK” column shows the percentage of students who are still enrolled at the University following their freshman year, although not in the college where they were first oriented to UK. NOTE: these rates are preliminary and subject to minor changes as the fall enrollment picture sharpens and becomes official.

Preliminary Retention Rates for the 2011 Cohort By Initial College


Questions to consider:

  • Though some students have moved out of the college they first started at UK, most of them stayed at UK but in another college. What kinds of orientation activities did your college design? Do the activities support a University-wide vision?
  • Students who start in Undergraduate Studies have begun to transition more quickly into their majors and stay at UK for their second year at higher rates than in the past. What partnerships with Undergraduate Studies have you forged to streamline a mid-year transition for those exploratory students who seek to declare a major in your college?
  • Some of our most accomplished first-year students leave the University rather than transition to another college where they might find a better “fit” with their goals and expectations. How might your college or unit find and offer strong interventions for those high performing students who are having second thoughts about UK?
  • Could colleges partner with each other and University Studies to offer conversations with our most talented students in their first year to discuss issues important to them in their first year?
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