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
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.