Highest Ever Retention Rate and Biggest Number of Returning Students in the University’s History

Congratulations to all the staff and faculty in our undergraduate colleges! And to the wonderful students in our official graduating cohort from Fall 2014 who are continuing their academic careers at UK!

Dr. Bethany Miller, Director of the Office of Retention and Student Success, reports in the Retention Update, August 27, 2015 that we are currently seeing the highest retention rate of our graduating cohort (82.6% for the class entering in Fall 2014) and the largest number of returning students (4.249) in a graduating cohort in UK’s history.

Fall Cohorts 2010 Through 2014 – Retaining Students Over the Summer after Their First Year at UK (see the Fall 2014 Cohort numbers in purple.) Source, UK Tableau Server, secure login access required: https://analytics.uky.edu/views/CohortEnrollmentHistory/2ndFallOverallTable#1

In past years, UK has seen too many of its first-year class drift away during the summer and not return for classes in their second fall. This year is looking very different. Dr. Miller writes:

These figures represent an increase of 0.6% and 460 students since the same time last fall, and are a testament to the campus-wide commitment and collaboration to strengthening student success.  Your hard work is evident and appreciated:  thank you for your continued dedication.

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