Skip to main content
Belmont University logo

Undergrad Retention and Graduation

Belmont University measures student success using nationally recognized standards of student achievement appropriate to Belmont's mission, the nature of students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. This includes measuring freshman to sophomore retention rates and 6-year graduation rates. Belmont University tracks undergraduate retention and graduation rates using the methodology outlined by IPEDS (the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.) Belmont University also compares our student outcome results to a group of peer institutions of similar size, location and/or mission as a measure of success.

Retention Rates

Retention rates reflect the percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshman entering the university in the given year who retained into their second academic year. Belmont has established an aspirational goal of 88% for retention of first-time degree-seeking students with a minimum threshold of 80%. Based on 2018 IPEDS retention rates, the latest available reported year, Belmont's freshman to sophomore retention rate of 83% exceeds our peer group's mean of 79%.

%age Retained 2nd Year By Cohort
Graduation Rates

Graduation rates reflect the percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshman entering the university in the given year who graduated within 150% of the normal program length. Belmont has established an aspirational goal of 75% for a 6-year graduation rate for first-time degree-seeking students with a minimum threshold of 70%. Based on 2018 IPEDS retention rates, the latest available reported year, Belmont's 6-year graduation rate of 73% exceeds our peer group's mean of 61%.

6 Year Graduation Rates by Cohort Year

Undergraduate Retention and Graduate Rates

All First-Time Full-Time Students by Cohort
Cohort Head Count % Retained 2nd Year % Graduated in 4 Years %Graduated in 5 Years % Graduated in 6 Years
2007 799 80.7% 56.2% 67.0% 68.0%
2008 932 82.2% 56.0% 68.6% 69.7%
2009 987 81.5% 56.9% 67.9% 68.9%
2010 1,015 81.1% 58.9% 68.9% 69.9%
2011 1,153 80.6% 58.3% 68.4% 69.6%
2012 1,256 83.3% 62.1% 71.3% 72.5%
2013 1,243 82.6% 60.0% 70.6% 71.6%
2014 1,392 83.0% 60.0% 70.0% 71.0%
2015 1,387 82.8%
2016 1,568 85.0%
2017 1,565 82.4%
2018 1,561 82.9%
2019 1,675 82.4%

 

Cohort includes first time full time freshmen for summer or fall of indicated term. Prior to 2016, University College is not included.

To view Athlete Rates, go to:  Belmont Bruins