According to the UK Office of Institutional Research, we are positioned to achieve a record retention rate with our most recent graduation cohort – those who entered UK in the Fall 2012 as first-time, full-time, first-year degree-seeking undergraduate students. The preliminary report on the first fall-to-spring retention at UK shows one of the highest numbers for this particular stage in UK’s first-year experience since 2002. The 2012 entering graduation cohort was the largest ever at UK at 4,588 students and 93.9% of them returned to start their spring semester.
This is a very favorable report when compared to the 2011 cohort who, last year at this time, showed a 92.9% retention rate for 4,082 first fall enrollment. We congratulate all the terrific support you give on a daily basis to our students! The Office of Institutional Research anticipates that this year’s successful retention of students past their first term at UK may increase UK’s retention rate (last year’s rate was 81.3%) by one- or two-tenths of a point.
For more detailed information on UK’s official retention and graduation rates, see the Office of Institutional Research website at www.uky.edu/IRPE/students/ret_grad.html