I. Retention Rates (Retention)

As defined by the US Department of Education, retention rates are a measure of the rate at which students persist in their educational program at an institution, expressed as a percentage. For four-year institutions, this is the percentage of first-time bachelors degree-seeking undergraduates from the previous fall who are again enrolled in the current fall. The following table presents the retention rates for BYU-Idaho as reported to the federal government through IPEDS.


2009-20102010-20112011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015
Full-time, first-time Fall bachelor's cohort 1,801 1,621 2,171 1,664 1,583 1,515
Exclusions from the Fall cohort 288 426 312 567 386 402
Adjusted Fall cohort 1,513 1,195 1,859 1,097 1,197 1,113
Students from Fall cohort still enrolled as of subsequent Fall 1,076 875 1,337 741 827 752

Full-time, first-time Fall bachelor's cohort retention rate

71%

73%

72%

68%

69%

69%


Analysis Notes

  • Data include only full-time, frist-time bachelor's students.
  • Exclusions include students from the cohort who left the institution for any of the following reasons: died or were totally and permanently disabled; to serve in the armed forces (including those called to active duty); to serve with a foreign aid service of the Federal Government (e.g. Peace Corps); or to serve on official church missions.
  • Inaccuracies in identifying all exclusions exist because of the number of students who do not officially inform the university when they leave on their missions. Sometimes this information does not become available until after they have returned from their mission.

II. Graduation Rates (Persistence)

As defined by the US Department of Education, graduation rates identify what percentage of a fall semester cohort of first-time, full-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates complete their degree program in 150% of the normal time required for the degree. For bachelors degrees, normal time is 6 years. For associate degrees, normal time is 3 years. The following table presents the graduation rates for BYU-Idaho as reported to the federal government through IPEDS.


CohortIPEDS YearNumber of CompletersNumber in Adjusted CohortOverall Graduation Rate
Fall 1999 2005-06 1,148 1,868 61%
Fall 2000 2006-07 792 1,286 62%
Fall 2001 2007-08 872 1,278 68%
Fall 2002 2008-09 1,080 1,653 65%
Fall 2003 2009-10 678 1,117 61%
Fall 2004 2010-11 838 1,275 66%
Fall 2005 2011-12 1,177 1,940 61%
Fall 2006 2012-13 1,004 1,655 61%
Fall 2007 2013-14 889 1,479 60%
Fall 2008 2014-15 884 1,576 56%
Fall 2009 2015-16 1,093 1,788 61%
Average: 62%

Analysis Notes

  • The full cohort is defined as all first-time full-time freshmen starting school in the fall semester of the indicated year.
  • The number in the adjusted cohort excludes students from the full cohort who left the institution for any of the following reasons: death or permanent disability; service in the armed forces; service in a foreign aid organization within the Federal Government (e.g. Peace Corps); or service on an official church mission.
  • Inaccuracies in identifying exclusions exist because of the number of students who do not officially inform the university when they leave on their missions or leave the institution for any of the above stated reasons. Sometimes this information does not become available until students subsequently return to school.
  • These numbers report the overall graduation rate, not the graduation rate for students pursuing bachelor's degrees. A number of entities (e.g., the White House and Chronicle of Higher Education) report only the latter statistic and not the overall graduation rate.
  • The graphic below provides some context for interpreting BYU-Idaho graduation rates. The source for this data is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).