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Table 326.30. Retention of first-time degree-seeking undergraduates at degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by attendance status, level and control of institution, and percentage of applications accepted: Selected years, 2006 to 2017
Attendance status, level, control, and percent of applications accepted First-time degree-seekers (adjusted entry cohort),1 by entry year Students from adjusted cohort returning in the following year Percent of first-time undergraduates retained
2006 2009 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2007 2010 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2006 to 2007 2009 to 2010 2012 to 2013 2013 to 2014 2014 to 2015 2015 to 2016 2016 to 2017
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Full-time students                                          
All institutions 2,170,504 2,371,220 2,222,696 2,222,085 2,211,406 2,180,675 2,176,453 1,541,201 1,705,242 1,620,901 1,642,567 1,647,295 1,640,963 1,643,463 71.0 71.9 72.9 73.9 74.5 75.3 75.5
Public institutions 1,522,928 1,732,822 1,637,518 1,646,902 1,639,875 1,619,768 1,619,573 1,071,986 1,222,688 1,168,782 1,193,200 1,200,374 1,198,609 1,203,320 70.4 70.6 71.4 72.5 73.2 74.0 74.3
Nonprofit institutions 466,078 478,755 483,373 483,617 489,834 491,898 491,596 368,783 381,364 388,107 392,080 396,659 399,434 399,154 79.1 79.7 80.3 81.1 81.0 81.2 81.2
For-profit institutions 181,498 159,643 101,805 91,566 81,697 69,009 65,284 100,432 101,190 64,012 57,287 50,262 42,920 40,989 55.3 63.4 62.9 62.6 61.5 62.2 62.8
                                           
4-year institutions 1,457,745 1,452,575 1,466,129 1,483,526 1,501,582 1,524,088 1,535,197 1,114,923 1,146,534 1,166,522 1,194,097 1,212,464 1,231,920 1,242,934 76.5 78.9 79.6 80.5 80.7 80.8 81.0
                                           
Public institutions 911,509 936,840 957,709 978,041 995,110 1,018,253 1,029,302 711,200 745,703 765,686 790,227 807,687 825,885 836,920 78.0 79.6 79.9 80.8 81.2 81.1 81.3
Open admissions 61,832 45,458 34,897 34,706 31,477 26,888 27,042 38,383 28,675 21,128 21,547 19,618 16,689 16,809 62.1 63.1 60.5 62.1 62.3 62.1 62.2
90 percent or more accepted 68,835 63,453 47,775 55,188 60,160 71,117 69,649 49,274 46,280 33,969 40,116 43,559 51,533 50,561 71.6 72.9 71.1 72.7 72.4 72.5 72.6
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 244,177 212,573 226,673 261,763 281,422 317,658 288,998 185,457 163,639 174,316 203,517 221,245 251,113 228,226 76.0 77.0 76.9 77.7 78.6 79.1 79.0
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 417,093 462,554 469,245 461,551 456,622 435,275 468,263 336,365 376,021 381,576 381,607 376,587 357,438 383,775 80.6 81.3 81.3 82.7 82.5 82.1 82.0
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 103,118 131,241 164,067 147,849 145,622 150,981 156,437 88,908 112,209 141,671 127,595 128,568 133,668 139,838 86.2 85.5 86.3 86.3 88.3 88.5 89.4
Less than 25.0 percent accepted 7,716 14,326 8,843 15,315 14,947 15,563 15,951 7,048 13,649 8,357 14,651 14,336 14,959 15,330 91.3 95.3 94.5 95.7 95.9 96.1 96.1
Information not available 8,738 7,235 6,209 1,669 4,860 771 2,962 5,765 5,230 4,669 1,194 3,774 485 2,381 66.0 72.3 75.2 71.5 77.7 62.9 80.4
                                           
Nonprofit institutions 457,505 470,795 475,635 476,437 476,823 481,241 484,188 363,459 376,668 383,552 387,685 388,745 392,330 394,215 79.4 80.0 80.6 81.4 81.5 81.5 81.4
Open admissions 26,565 22,613 22,497 12,549 11,792 13,289 13,383 16,019 14,349 14,349 7,653 7,414 8,499 8,799 60.3 63.5 63.8 61.0 62.9 64.0 65.7
90 percent or more accepted 13,632 15,135 12,348 22,841 22,225 28,503 23,488 9,543 10,953 8,516 16,881 16,188 20,247 16,811 70.0 72.4 69.0 73.9 72.8 71.0 71.6
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 102,358 80,301 79,804 86,040 94,830 80,940 91,351 78,424 62,196 62,184 68,481 74,984 63,872 71,308 76.6 77.5 77.9 79.6 79.1 78.9 78.1
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 190,079 218,072 219,709 207,431 199,677 199,442 203,980 148,681 170,232 173,059 162,937 157,866 157,181 162,016 78.2 78.1 78.8 78.5 79.1 78.8 79.4
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 93,560 98,312 95,584 98,202 95,164 102,823 98,010 81,880 84,941 81,655 85,484 82,511 89,426 84,290 87.5 86.4 85.4 87.0 86.7 87.0 86.0
Less than 25.0 percent accepted 26,696 32,980 44,735 45,222 48,076 54,573 51,662 25,639 31,790 43,208 43,522 46,054 51,699 49,541 96.0 96.4 96.6 96.2 95.8 94.7 95.9
Information not available 4,615 3,382 958 4,152 5,059 1,671 2,314 3,273 2,207 581 2,727 3,728 1,406 1,450 70.9 65.3 60.6 65.7 73.7 84.1 62.7
                                           
For-profit institutions 88,731 44,940 32,785 29,048 29,649 24,594 21,707 40,264 24,163 17,284 16,185 16,032 13,705 11,799 45.4 53.8 52.7 55.7 54.1 55.7 54.4
Open admissions 45,240 16,826 16,799 19,206 21,732 16,511 14,007 18,720 9,260 8,325 10,053 10,827 8,270 6,745 41.4 55.0 49.6 52.3 49.8 50.1 48.2
90 percent or more accepted 6,285 3,722 3,337 717 591 770 1,108 3,454 1,311 1,650 509 308 472 559 55.0 35.2 49.4 71.0 52.1 61.3 50.5
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 3,703 3,224 1,880 2,920 5,265 3,253 1,174 2,081 1,549 1,224 1,865 3,459 2,159 885 56.2 48.0 65.1 63.9 65.7 66.4 75.4
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 12,845 12,061 6,268 3,690 1,489 3,000 4,577 6,536 6,839 3,613 2,472 994 1,973 3,108 50.9 56.7 57.6 67.0 66.8 65.8 67.9
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 18,142 6,098 2,908 419 463 1,020 672 8,036 3,423 1,554 293 353 802 363 44.3 56.1 53.4 69.9 76.2 78.6 54.0
Less than 25.0 percent accepted 0 3 0 0 0 8 1 0 2 0 0 0 8 1 66.7 100.0 100.0
Information not available 2,516 3,006 1,593 2,096 109 32 168 1,437 1,779 918 993 91 21 138 57.1 59.2 57.6 47.4 83.5 65.6 82.1
                                           
2-year institutions 712,759 918,645 756,567 738,559 709,824 656,587 641,256 426,278 558,708 454,379 448,470 434,831 409,043 400,529 59.8 60.8 60.1 60.7 61.3 62.3 62.5
Public institutions 611,419 795,982 679,809 668,861 644,765 601,515 590,271 360,786 476,985 403,096 402,973 392,687 372,724 366,400 59.0 59.9 59.3 60.2 60.9 62.0 62.1
Nonprofit institutions 8,573 7,960 7,738 7,180 13,011 10,657 7,408 5,324 4,696 4,555 4,395 7,914 7,104 4,939 62.1 59.0 58.9 61.2 60.8 66.7 66.7
For-profit institutions 92,767 114,703 69,020 62,518 52,048 44,415 43,577 60,168 77,027 46,728 41,102 34,230 29,215 29,190 64.9 67.2 67.7 65.7 65.8 65.8 67.0
                                           
Part-time students                                          
All institutions 461,574 545,635 515,589 490,124 470,772 429,109 412,913 190,547 229,566 222,328 213,235 205,366 192,527 187,301 41.3 42.1 43.1 43.5 43.6 44.9 45.4
Public institutions 417,314 497,453 482,851 461,943 445,495 404,279 391,769 170,682 209,164 209,042 202,243 195,147 181,993 178,531 40.9 42.0 43.3 43.8 43.8 45.0 45.6
Nonprofit institutions 14,618 10,359 9,858 9,340 8,885 10,446 8,801 7,027 4,892 3,971 3,883 3,681 4,951 3,895 48.1 47.2 40.3 41.6 41.4 47.4 44.3
For-profit institutions 29,642 37,823 22,880 18,841 16,392 14,384 12,343 12,838 15,510 9,315 7,109 6,538 5,583 4,875 43.3 41.0 40.7 37.7 39.9 38.8 39.5
                                           
4-year institutions 81,423 72,046 53,711 49,304 46,606 48,716 46,570 37,988 32,344 23,665 22,269 21,818 23,845 22,712 46.7 44.9 44.1 45.2 46.8 48.9 48.8
                                           
Public institutions 47,377 33,327 27,479 26,473 25,833 28,096 29,777 23,337 16,944 13,790 13,862 13,917 15,374 16,050 49.3 50.8 50.2 52.4 53.9 54.7 53.9
Open admissions 19,247 8,356 5,515 5,250 4,605 4,412 5,440 8,004 3,586 1,978 2,098 1,791 1,873 2,151 41.6 42.9 35.9 40.0 38.9 42.5 39.5
90 percent or more accepted 3,745 4,004 2,223 2,098 1,951 2,931 2,327 1,909 1,959 1,005 1,063 880 1,382 1,012 51.0 48.9 45.2 50.7 45.1 47.2 43.5
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 8,969 6,493 5,226 7,424 6,663 8,722 9,011 4,196 3,268 2,595 3,964 3,591 4,972 4,928 46.8 50.3 49.7 53.4 53.9 57.0 54.7
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 11,599 11,254 10,671 9,042 10,343 9,815 10,718 6,766 6,053 5,840 5,065 6,107 5,654 6,462 58.3 53.8 54.7 56.0 59.0 57.6 60.3
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 3,373 3,046 2,854 2,553 2,040 2,112 2,103 2,223 1,982 1,774 1,617 1,395 1,433 1,392 65.9 65.1 62.2 63.3 68.4 67.9 66.2
Less than 25.0 percent accepted 65 44 49 51 58 48 65 50 35 38 33 49 38 57 76.9 79.5 77.6 64.7 84.5 79.2 87.7
Information not available 379 130 941 55 173 56 113 189 61 560 22 104 22 48 49.9 46.9 59.5 40.0 60.1 39.3 42.5
                                           
Nonprofit institutions 12,861 9,599 9,118 8,501 8,093 9,686 7,938 6,054 4,491 3,603 3,448 3,322 4,612 3,555 47.1 46.8 39.5 40.6 41.0 47.6 44.8
Open admissions 5,419 3,821 4,433 2,434 1,450 1,540 1,615 2,558 1,693 1,400 848 486 673 670 47.2 44.3 31.6 34.8 33.5 43.7 41.5
90 percent or more accepted 523 393 915 1,159 494 3,769 1,990 237 199 377 468 204 1,882 887 45.3 50.6 41.2 40.4 41.3 49.9 44.6
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 2,459 1,164 1,174 1,332 1,903 874 932 1,047 550 520 622 811 422 463 42.6 47.3 44.3 46.7 42.6 48.3 49.7
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 3,131 3,256 1,786 1,515 2,231 1,812 2,293 1,406 1,531 847 701 928 839 1,008 44.9 47.0 47.4 46.3 41.6 46.3 44.0
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 853 715 582 606 815 866 602 452 366 276 305 394 381 267 53.0 51.2 47.4 50.3 48.3 44.0 44.4
Less than 25.0 percent accepted 112 93 126 115 136 640 458 86 78 106 101 123 302 238 76.8 83.9 84.1 87.8 90.4 47.2 52.0
Information not available 364 157 102 1,340 1,064 185 48 268 74 77 403 376 113 22 73.6 47.1 75.5 30.1 35.3 61.1 45.8
                                           
For-profit institutions 21,185 29,120 17,114 14,330 12,680 10,934 8,855 8,597 10,909 6,272 4,959 4,579 3,859 3,107 40.6 37.5 36.6 34.6 36.1 35.3 35.1
Open admissions 10,514 10,926 9,561 10,395 10,089 8,822 6,432 4,121 4,299 3,909 3,751 3,863 3,183 2,408 39.2 39.3 40.9 36.1 38.3 36.1 37.4
90 percent or more accepted 2,212 1,372 360 126 123 246 453 639 375 137 59 30 85 115 28.9 27.3 38.1 46.8 24.4 34.6 25.4
75.0 to 89.9 percent accepted 2,838 3,151 854 1,232 1,794 1,027 109 1,342 1,093 250 353 492 259 29 47.3 34.7 29.3 28.7 27.4 25.2 26.6
50.0 to 74.9 percent accepted 2,774 4,591 1,820 2,471 586 753 812 1,134 2,249 596 756 158 282 328 40.9 49.0 32.7 30.6 27.0 37.5 40.4
25.0 to 49.9 percent accepted 2,033 1,099 2,537 73 9 81 1,043 627 342 727 25 2 45 227 30.8 31.1 28.7 34.2 22.2 55.6 21.8
Less than 25.0 percent accepted 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information not available 814 7,981 1,982 33 79 5 6 734 2,551 653 15 34 5 0 90.2 32.0 32.9 45.5 43.0 100.0 0.0
                                           
2-year institutions 380,151 473,589 461,878 440,820 424,166 380,393 366,343 152,559 197,222 198,663 190,966 183,548 168,682 164,589 40.1 41.6 43.0 43.3 43.3 44.3 44.9
Public institutions 369,937 464,126 455,372 435,470 419,662 376,183 361,992 147,345 192,220 195,252 188,381 181,230 166,619 162,481 39.8 41.4 42.9 43.3 43.2 44.3 44.9
Nonprofit institutions 1,757 760 740 839 792 760 863 973 401 368 435 359 339 340 55.4 52.8 49.7 51.8 45.3 44.6 39.4
For-profit institutions 8,457 8,703 5,766 4,511 3,712 3,450 3,488 4,241 4,601 3,043 2,150 1,959 1,724 1,768 50.1 52.9 52.8 47.7 52.8 50.0 50.7
†Not applicable.
1 Adjusted entry cohort counts exclude students who died or were totally and permanently disabled, served in the armed forces (including those called to active duty), served with a foreign aid service of the federal government (e.g., Peace Corps), or served on official church missions. For 4-year institutions, the adjusted entry cohort is based on first-time bachelor’s degree-seeking students.
NOTE: Returning students data for 2-year institutions include returning students, plus students who completed their program. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.  
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Spring 2008 through Spring 2018, Fall Enrollment component; and IPEDS Fall 2006 through Fall 2016, Institutional Characteristics component. (This table was prepared October 2018.)

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