Institutional Research
Explanation of Terms and Other Resources

The tables and charts in this section pertain to retention and graduation rate statistics at Miami University and its peers.

Data is presented to be consistent with national reporting guidelines for graduation rates as defined in the Student Right-to Know Act. This specifies that only students who are (1) first-time college students during the fall semester, and (2) enrolled full-time during their first semester, are to be included in each yearly cohort. Each cohort is then tracked for 6 years. All colleges which participate in federal financial programs are required to report this information to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System for its Graduation Rates Survey. Graduation data on student athletes is also reported in this survey, and is included in the NCAA's Graduation Rates Report. Only those athletes who received athletic aid during their first year are separated out in this report.

Students not tracked by the GRS include: students who begin college in the Spring; students who begin college as part-time students; graduate students; and students who are transfers from other colleges. Also note that students beginning at the Hamilton and Middletown campuses are reported separately from Oxford students.

First-year retention is defined as the percentage of an initial cohort (as defined above) enrolled at the same institution one year later. For example, of 3,362 first-time, full-time Miami students in Fall 2003, 3,049 (90.69%) were enrolled in Fall 2004. Enrollment is counted as of the census date (the 15th day of classes, just after the end of drop/add).

In addition to federal reporting, Miami University participates in the Consortiom for Student Retention Data Exchange, which gathers retention and graduation rate information from hundreds of universities across the country. Their website contains summary information.

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