Most colleges and universities publish their graduation rate, which is the percentage of students beginning at the school who continue to complete their degree. Four-, five-, and six-year rates are the common measures.
This data can be useful in school comparisons, but there are many variables. For example, such data generally does not include part-time students or those transferring in. The Communication Department has many students who transfer from other schools, many others who enroll only part-time for some semesters.
We are proud that our graduation rate is higher than Buffalo State overall, and higher still than the average for public colleges in the United States.
This category includes only full-time students who began in one of the four Communication majors and remained in the department to graduate. It does not include students who completed their degree at another institution. Now does it include students who transition to another major, notably Arts and Letters with a concentration in Communication.
2007 Communication freshmen: 31% graduated in four years, 44 in five years, 49% in six years
2006 Communication freshmen: 42% graduated in four years, 54% in five years, 57% in six years
2005 Communication freshmen: 56% graduated in four years, 64% in five years, 64% in six year
(Compare 5-year graduation rate: 43% Buffalo State, 38% all US public colleges)
This category includes only full-time students who transferred into one of the four Communication degrees at any point after their first semester and who remained to complete that same degree.
2007 transfer students: 27% graduated in two years, 52% in three years, 63% in four years, 63% in five years, 63% in six years
2006 transfer students: 29% graduated in two years, 56% in three years, 71% in four years, 73% in five years, 75% in six years
Colleges and universities calculate retention rates to track the percentage of students who enroll as freshman and continue for subsequent semesters.
We are proud that our retention rate is higher than Buffalo State overall, and higher still than the average for public colleges in the United States.
2012 freshmen: 83% continued for 2014
(compare 75% Buffalo State; 72% all US public colleges)
2011 freshmen: 82% continued for 2012
(compare 76% Buffalo State; 54% all US public colleges)
2010 freshmen: 79% continued for 2011, 66% continued for 2012