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Student Achievement

Birmingham-Southern College is committed to student success and evaluates student achievement consist with the institution's mission. The mission of the College states that the institution "prepares men and women for lives of significance" and "fosters intellectual and personal development." Substantial evidence of the College's effectiveness in guiding individuals to meaningful achievement and preparing them for their life beyond graduation is demonstrated through (1) consistent enrollment across academic years, evidenced through retention rates, and (2) completion of enrollment, evidenced through graduation rates.

The College's first-year retention rates, defined as first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students returning for study in the following fall term, are displayed in Table 1. A first-year retention rate of 85% is the established benchmark.

Table 1: First-Year Retention Rates by Cohort

Fall Cohort First-Year Retention Rate
2004 83%
2005 74%
2006 80%
2007 74%
2008 81%
2009 82%
2010 79%
2011 81%
2012 80%
2013 84%
2014 86%
2015 82%

The College's 6-year graduation rates are displayed in Table 2. A 6-year graduation rate of 77% is the established benchmark.

Table 2: 6-Year Graduation Rates by Cohort

Fall Cohort 6-Year Graduation Rate
1999 69%
2000 69%
2001 71%
2002 66%
2003 72%
2004 63%
2005 63%
2006 66%
2007 62%
2008 64%
2009 64%
2010 68%
2011 (Available in Fall 2017)
2012 (Available in Fall 2018)
2013 (Available in Fall 2019)
2014 (Available in Fall 2020)