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Retention Rates

Retention signifies an institution’s ability to retain students from year to year, encompassing an active partnership between curricular, co-curricular, and non-curricular units to maintain the student body's interest in quality programs, services, and campus environment. The University uses the first-year, fall-to-fall retention rate of full-time students to measure student achievement.

The Retention Rates table below compares the University and their selected peer institutions for academic years 2015 to 2019. In 2019, NSU’s retention was 3% higher than its peer institutions at 74%, increasing 4% from the University’s 2018 rate. The institution set a target/threshold to achieve a 78% retention rate by the academic year 2024-25. The University implemented several initiatives to meet the target set for retention rates in the 2019-2025 Strategic Plan. The University developed a comprehensive university-wide retention plan and established a Student Success System to provide an array of centralized student support services.

 Retention Rates


NSU Retention Rates

Peer Institutions Retention Average Rates

2019 74% 71%
2018 70% 71%
2017 71% 72%
2016 77% 73%
2015 72% 74%

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)