What are some important facts or statistics to consider when evaluating a college?
Freshmen retention rates and graduation rates are arguably the two best statistics to look at. The freshmen retention rates measures the percentage of students who return to a given school for their sophomore year. While there are many reasons why student leave a school, the retention rates are a quick way to see how satisfied students are with their school experience as well as how stable a school’s student body may be. Too, it also offers sense of what at the initial stage stunt are making progress towards their degrees. It is by no means a definitive measurement of the college experience—graduation rates tell more about the overall academic program—but together they offer a good statistical snapshot of the academic side of a school.