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Average Retention Rate At Missouri Colleges

What Is The Average Retention Rate In Missouri?

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 Missouri colleges is 71.52% for full-time students and 52.48% for part-time students. 29,650 out of 40,698 full-time first-year students continued their study in next year at Missouri colleges. In public Missouri colleges, the retention rate is 73% and private schools' rate is 68% By school levels, the retention rate at four-years colleges is 72% and community colleges' rate is 62% in Missouri.
The next schools are the top 5 Missouri colleges that have the highest retention rate. Washington University in St Louis has the highest retention rate of 94% among Missouri colleges. Saint Louis University and University of Missouri-Columbia also have higher rate of 90% and 89% 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 Missouri.
The Average Retention Rate In Missouri
TotalPublicPrivate (not-for-profit)Private (for-profit)
Total73.11%72.60%68.29%78.50%
4 years or high71.65%74.92%70.43%75.00%
2-4 years61.82%63.88%25.50%66.00%
less than 1 year81.18%79.17%-82.35%
The following table summarizes the retention rate and number of students by attending status for Missouri collegesNumbers in parentheses in each column indicate the number of students in the corresponding category.
Retention Rate by Attending Status at Missouri colleges
Retention RateFirst-time StudentsEnrolled in Next Year
Full-time71.52%40,69829,650
Part-time52.48%4,6051,883