Retention Rate Reaches Highest Level in 10 Years

Posted: October 15, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

According to the Office of Institutional Research and Reporting (IRR), this year’s full-time first-time freshmen retention rate is 79.9 percent, the highest it has been in the past 10 years.

George Mason had 2,074 new freshmen enroll in fall 2001, and 1,658 of them returned this fall. Females have a slightly higher retention rate (81.6 percent) than males (77.9 percent). Looking at retention across ethnicity, this year Hispanic Americans had the highest rate at 86.1 percent. This is a large jump over last year’s rate of 73.8 percent.

The majority of first-time freshmen enter the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) or as undeclared majors. The retention rate is 79.6 percent for CAS majors and 80.6 percent for undeclared majors.

For more information on retention rates, visit the IRR web site or contact Laura Phelps at (703) 993-8831.

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