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Retention Rates

Our goal for the 2016–17 academic year is to achieve a retention rate (fall to fall) of 88 percent. Our aspirational goal is to increase Christopher Newport’s retention rate to 90 percent by the end of the 2021–22 academic year. CNU has implemented several programs designed to meet freshman retention-rate goals. Data indicates such efforts have proven successful.

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Cohort (first-time, full-time)Freshman to Sophomore Retention RateSophomore to Junior Retention RateJunior to Senior Retention Rate
Fall 2015 86.1%
Fall 2014 87.5% 82.2%
Fall 2013 87.0% 80.1% 77.6%
Fall 2012 83.9% 75.9% 73.5%
Fall 2011 84.7% 77.8% 74.5%
Fall 2010 84.3% 78.2% 75.0%
Fall 2009 81.5% 73.7% 70.8%
Fall 2008 80.0% 71.9% 69.1%
Fall 2007 80.1% 70.8% 67.2%
Fall 2006 81.9% 73.7% 70.3%
Fall 2005 78.7% 70.6% 67.3%
Fall 2004 75.2% 66.4% 62.6%
Fall 2003 75.7% 64.7% 62.0%
Fall 2002 64.3% 57.3% 52.5%
Fall 2001 81.1% 61.4% 57.3%
Fall 2000 81.3% 66.3% 56.1%
Fall 1999 75.4% 63.0% 54.8%
Fall 1998 72.0% 57.0% 51.9%
Fall 1997 68.4% 52.5% 46.8%
Fall 1996 69.1% 54.9% 48.0%

Graduation Rates

The graduation rates of CNU’s freshman cohorts have also continued to grow, thanks to various university-initiated strategies. For the purposes of these studies, graduation rates indicate a percentage of the freshman cohort that graduated from Christopher Newport in six years.

CNU’s goal for the 2016–17 academic year is to achieve a 74 percent six-year graduation rate. Our aspirational goal is to reach a six-year graduation rate of 80 percent by the end of the 2021–22 academic year.

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Cohort (first-time, full-time)4-Year Grad Rate5-Year Grad Rate6-Year Grad Rate
Fall 2012 62.7%
Fall 2011 63.5% 73.2%
Fall 2010 62.9% 73.7% 74.8%
Fall 2009 56.8% 68.6% 70.0%
Fall 2008 55.0% 66.4% 67.5%
Fall 2007 49.8% 63.7% 65.5%
Fall 2006 50.7% 65.0% 67.4%
Fall 2005 46.4% 60.8% 63.2%
Fall 2004 42.4% 57.2% 60.0%
Fall 2003 39.4% 55.1% 58.1%
Fall 2002 30.9% 46.7% 48.9%
Fall 2001 30.5% 47.1% 51.5%
Fall 2000 26.2% 47.3% 50.6%
Fall 1999 18.3% 40.2% 44.7%
Fall 1998 17.5% 37.5% 42.1%
Fall 1997 13.3% 31.0% 37.3%
Fall 1996 12.6% 31.3% 36.8%

Post-Graduation Outcomes

Beyond retention and graduation data, Christopher Newport tracks the post-graduation outcomes of every senior class. Six months post-graduation, CNU administers the National Association of Career Educators First-Destination Survey which provides an overall profile of students’ plans – from graduate-school acceptance to employment offers (which are often impacted by the national economy).

Christopher Newport’s goal is to increase the percentage of students with full-time employment or graduate school / continuing education and decrease the number of students still seeking employment or graduate admission.

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Three Year Outcomes Data Overview of Classes 2013 to 2015

ClassResponse RateFull-Time Employment or Grad School / Continuing EducationStill Seeking
2013 67.0% 85.0% 6.0%
2014 71.0% 83.0% 4.0%
2015 74.0% 85.0% 4.0%

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