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Average Retention Rate At Mississippi Colleges

What Is The Average Retention Rate In Mississippi?

The retention rate is the percentage of first-time students who attend and continue their study in next year at colleges. The low retention rate means that more students transfer out to or stop/pause the program at a school. In general, high ranked colleges or special purpose colleges' retention rate is higher than others.
The average retention rate of Mississippi colleges is 69.17% for full-time students and 40.00% for part-time students. 17,179 out of 24,956 full-time first-year students continued their study in next year at Mississippi colleges. In public Mississippi colleges, the retention rate is 67% and private schools' rate is 71% By school levels, the retention rate at four-years colleges is 73% and community colleges' rate is 58% in Mississippi.
The next schools are the top 5 Mississippi colleges that have the highest retention rate. University of Mississippi has the highest retention rate of 86% among Mississippi colleges. Mississippi State University and William Carey University also have higher rate of 85% and 84% respectively. For the ranking, we exclude community colleges and four-colleges with less than 1,000 first-time students.
The following table summarizes the average retention rate in Mississippi.
The Average Retention Rate In Mississippi
TotalPublicPrivate (not-for-profit)Private (for-profit)
Total69.55%66.74%71.14%72.10%
4 years or high73.33%75.25%71.14%-
2-4 years57.76%62.20%-46.67%
less than 1 year82.27%--82.27%
The following table summarizes the retention rate and number of students by attending status for Mississippi collegesNumbers in parentheses in each column indicate the number of students in the corresponding category.
Retention Rate by Attending Status at Mississippi colleges
Retention RateFirst-time StudentsEnrolled in Next Year
Full-time69.17%24,95617,179
Part-time40.00%1,983560