Graduation and Retention Statistics

Retention Rate (Class of 2009, first-time Freshmen only*)

The Retention Rate is the percentage of students entering one fall who are still enrolled the following fall. The retention rate population for federal reporting purposes is carefully defined as new college students (first-time, freshmen) enrolled in Baccalaureate Degree programs. In the fall of 2009, MCU enrolled 121 full-time, first-time Bachelor’s freshmen and 17 part-time, first-time Bachelor’s freshmen in Advantage.  On the Traditional side, there were 51 full-time, first-time Bachelor's freshmen. This yields federal reporting retention rates of:

    •    Full-time, first-time Bachelor’s cohort retention = 66%
    •    Part-time, first-time Bachelor’s cohort retention = 24%

Graduation Rates (Class of 2004, first-time Freshmen only*)

Graduation Rates measure the percentage of entering first-time freshmen who complete their degree programs in a given window of time. The federal standard reference is 150% time: three years for Associate Degree programs and six years for Baccalaureate Degree programs. The results are averaged over four annual groups of new students. By the federal formula, the MCU graduation rate is:

    •    Four-year average Student-Right-to-Know completion or graduation rate calculation (total completers within 150%/Adjusted Cohort) = 28%

The graduation rate calculation (total completers within 150%/Adjusted Cohort)  for the first time, full time entering 2004 freshman cohort is 41%

Because of the six-year window and the four-year average, the federally calculated graduation rate reflects the experience of students who began their college careers as much as nine years ago.

Our most recent six-year graduation rates for incoming first-time freshmen groups according to types of financial aid received are as follows:

    •    Students receiving federal Pell grants = 52%
    •    Students not receiving Pell grants but receiving subsidized Stafford loans = 95%
    •    Students receiving neither Pell grants nor subsidized Stafford loans = 24%
    •    Students receiving athletically related student aid = 30%

The following charts disaggregate graduation rates by gender and ethnicity:

Total Students in Cohort (Class of 2004, first-time Freshmen only*)


Hispanic 1
White, non-hispanic 37
Non-resident Alien 9
Race/ethnicity unknown 1
     Total Men 48


Black 2
Asian/Pacific Islander 1
White, non-hispanic 29
     Total Women 33
Total Students (Men & Women)        81

Total Baccalaureate Completers 150% of time as of August 31, 2010 (first-time Freshmen only*)


Hispanic 1
White, non-hispanic 8
Non-resident Alien 4
     Total Men 13


Asian/Pacific Islander 1
White, non-hispanic 9
     Total Women 10
Total Cohort 23
Total % Baccalaureate Completers


Total Associate Completers 150% of the time as of August 31, 2007(first-time Freshmen only*)


White, non-hispanic 5


White, non-hispanic 5
Total Completers Bach/Assoc 33
Total % Bach/Assoc 150% of Time



Employment Stats

Transfer-out Rate (first-time Freshmen only*)

The Transfer-Out Rate is the percentage of first-time freshmen who enroll at a two-year school and then ultimately transfer to a four-year school to complete their Baccalaureate Degree. Because MCU is not a two-year school and because preparing students for transfer to other institutions is not part of our institutional mission, we neither track nor report the transfer-out rate for all students nor for students receiving athletically related student aid.

Advantage Placement Rate

Because the MCU mission is educational as opposed to job training, MCU does not calculate or advertise placement rates as trade schools do. However, Advantage graduates certainly have success in finding employment and in pursuing further educational opportunities. The After Graduation document shares information regarding the employment of Advantage graduates.

* First-time Freshmen are students who have never taken a college class at a regionally accredited institution prior to enrollment at MCU.