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Annual IPEDS Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates

Institutions must make available to current and prospective students the retention rate of certificate- or degree- seeking, first-time, undergraduate students as reported to IPEDS. This information is collected in the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey.*

Retention from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016:

  • Full-time ... 84.0% (3,438 / 4,092)
  • Part-time ... 40.0% (10 / 25)

Graduation Rates

Each institution must annually make available to prospective and enrolled students the completion or graduation rate of certificate- or degree-seeking, first-time, full-time, undergraduate students. The completion or graduation rates must be disaggregated by

  • gender;
  • major racial and ethnic subgroup (as defined in IPEDS);
  • recipients of a Federal Pell Grant;
  • recipients of a subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant; and
  • students who did not receive either a Pell Grant or a subsidized Stafford Loan.

These disaggregated rates are to be disclosed only If the number of students in each group is sufficient to yield statistically reliable information and not reveal personally identifiable information about an individual student.**

Percent of 2010 cohort who earned bachelor's degree from GVSU by Aug 31 2016:

  • Overall ... 66.3% (2,263 / 3,413)
  • Men ... 62.6% (832 / 1,330)
  • Women ... 68.7% (1,431 / 2,084)
  • Nonresident International ... 40.7% (11 / 27)
  • Hispanic / Latino ... 53.5% (83 / 155)
  • Asian ... 73.8% (45 / 61)
  • Black or African American ... 48.9% (87 / 178)
  • White ... 68.4% (1,984 / 2,900)
  • Two or More Races ... 57.3% (47 / 82)
  • Recipients of a Pell Grant ... 59.6% (724 / 1,215)
  • Recipient of a subsidized Stafford Loan (but no Pell Grant) ... 68.0% (547 / 804)
  • Neither Pell Grant nor Stafford Loan ... 71.1% (992 / 1,395)

(Rates are disclosed if the number of students is at least 10.  Please note that rates based on fewer than 50 students are statistically unreliable.)


* HEOA Sec. 488(a)(1)(E) amended HEA Sec. 485(a)(1) (20 U.S.C. 1092(a)(1)): added HEA Sec. 485(a)(1)(U): HEOA amendment effective August 14, 2008 October 29, 2009 FR notice (revised 34 CFR 668.41(d))
Data reported in IPEDS 2016-17 Fall Enrollment Survey, Feb 17, 2017.

** HEOA Sec. 488(a)(2) amended HEA Sec. 485(a) (20 U.S.C. 1092(a)): new HEA Sec. 485(a)(4) HEOA Sec. 488(a)(3) amended HEA Sec. 485(a) (20 U.S.C. 1092(a)): added HEA Sec. 485(a)(7) HEOA amendments effective August 14, 2008 34 CFR 668.41(a)-(d), 34 CFR 668.45, 34 CFR 668.8(b)(1)(ii) October 29, 2009 FR notice (revised 34 CFR 668.45)
Data reported in IPEDS 2016-17 Graduation Rate Survey, Feb 9, 2017.