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Graduation, Retention & Job Placement

2021 Graduation & Retention Rate

(IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) survey data definitions are adopted for these statistics unless otherwise noted.)

  • 833 undergraduates: 825 matriculated, 50 graduate, 113 online, representing 31 states and 8 countries
  • 72% women; 28% men
  • 2% international
  • Student to faculty ratio is 17:1
  • Average class size is 19
  • First year 2020 retention rate is 68%
  • Entering 2017 class graduation rate is 57% in 4 years

2021 Job Placement Rates

Of our 176 graduating students in the Class of 2021, the data in this report based on 75 completed graduate surveys and additional data collected from professional social media site (primarily LinkedIn) on 63 additional graduates, therefore, providing data on a total of 138 graduates.

  • 88% of our alumni are employed, 19% are in graduate school; 99% Employed and/or in Graduate School (as there is overlap between the two)
  • 74% of alumni employed are working in an industry directly or somewhat directly related to their major
  • 54% of alumni were offered a job from their experiential learning site (internship, clinical or field experience site), this does not assume they accepted those offers
  • Of those employed, 14% are working in their experiential learning site

Survey delivered Oct., 2021, data collected Nov. 2021 through Feb. 2022, survey reflects an overlap in time as we gradually return to normal academic procedures and social/community events post pandemic.

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