University Metrics - Student Retention and Graduation

First-Time, Full-Time Undergraduate Student Retention and Graduation Rates

The First-Time, Full-Time Undergraduate Student Retention and Graduation Rates report contains retention and graduation information for the most recent five terms of undergraduate student populations (cohorts) at the university level, the college level, and the departmental level.

First-Time in College Full-Time (FTFT) is defined as that first-time in college students who enrolled for 12 or more hours during their first semester at TAMU.

For each cohort the report shows one-year retention, four- to six-year graduation (as available), split by various demographic categories. Retention and graduation are calculated for each student based solely on Universal Identification Number (UIN). DARS constantly attempts to improve the accuracy of this report by updating the changed UIN’s (as well as previously used SSN and SID fields).

Only fall semesters are considered for retention calculations, however graduation data is taken from all three commencements during that academic year (December, May, August).

  • Of the 7,475 FTFT entering TAMU in the Fall of 2006, 79.6% graduated in six years or less. This rate was 80.5% for the 2005 cohort. The six-year graduation rate for the Fall 2002 cohort was 78.3%.
  • The five-year graduation rate for the 2007 FTFT cohort was 77%, a 1.2 percentage point increase from the 2006 cohort (75.8%). This rate was 73.0% for the 2002 cohort.
  • The four-year graduation rate for the 2008 FTFT cohort was 50.9%, the same rate as the 2007 cohort (50.9%). This rate was 45.4% for the 2003 cohort.
  • The first-year retention rate for the 2008 FTFT cohort was 92.4%, the rate for the 2007 FTFT cohort was 92.5%. This rate was 91.9% for the 2004 cohort.
  • Female, White, Asian, and Texas Top 10% student groups demonstrated consistently higher graduation and retention rates than their counterparts.

To access this report, click on the drop-down menu and/or the check box on the right side to select different criteria. Use the radio button to choose University-wide, College-wide or Department-wide numbers.