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Even though Binghamton University maintains higher than average undergraduate freshmen retention rates—90% compared to the 73% national average—the administration continues to play a proactive role by seeking ways to improve student retention. While some or most of the students who did not come back for their second semester might have dropped out, there was no data to prove it. Accordingly, from the total of students who did not return, some might be stop-outs, transfers, or actual dropouts. The ultimate goal of this research is to identify small sub-groups of students who do not return to the university for their second semester to develop interventions that can be used to retain them.

Publication Date

Summer 2015


first semester, freshmen return rate


Community-Based Research | Experimental Analysis of Behavior

First Semester Enrollment Trends and Patterns: Who Stays? and Who leaves the Institution?