According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Signature Report, Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates – Fall 2010 Cohort, recent declines in the overall national six-year completion rates have ended.
Overall College Persistence Rate Improves for Third Straight Year, According to New Clearinghouse Persistence-Retention Snapshot Report
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released today the Postsecondary Persistence-Retention Snapshot Report showing that of all students who started college in fall 2014, 72.1 percent persisted at any U.S. institution in fall 2015, while 60.6 percent were retained at their starting institution.
Spring postsecondary enrollments declined in 2015, according to the Spring Term Enrollment Estimates from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. College enrollments in spring 2015 totaled just under 18.6 million, down 1.9 percent compared to spring 2014. As in each of the last three years, the bulk of this spring’s decline is among students over the age of 24, whose numbers fell by 264,000 (-3.6 percent).
The percentage of first‐time students who were still enrolled at any college in their second fall term increased one percentage point over the prior year, bringing the persistence rate to its highest level since 2010, when it began a four-year decline.