The tables and charts in this section pertain to
retention and graduation rate statistics at Miami
Data are 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. Students not tracked for the graduation rates 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
All colleges which participate in federal
financial programs are required to report graduation information
to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 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 Reports. Only those athletes who received
athletic aid during their first year are separated
out in this report.
First-year retention is defined as the percentage
of an initial cohort (as defined above) enrolled at
the same institution one year later (i.e., freshman to sophomore year). For example,
of 3,463 first-time, full-time Miami undergraduates in Fall
2007, 3,101 (89.5%) were enrolled in Fall 2008.
In addition to federal reporting, Miami University
participates in the Consortium for Student Retention
Data Exchange, which gathers retention and graduation
rate information from hundreds of universities across
the country. Their website contains summary information.
Students who do not complete a degree at Miami may
transfer to other schools for a variety of reasons.
The success rates identify the percentage of students who graduate with a degree or are enrolled at any institution of higher learning (i.e., Miami University or a different college or university) after 6 years. Approximately 6% of beginning freshmen at Miami University do not
complete a degree or show any transfer school enrollment.
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