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Student Success Outcomes

Student Achievement & Success

As part of Western New England University's commitment to transparency, performance outcomes pertinent to our students' education are regularly shared with the public. These outcomes include enrollment data, retention rates, graduation rates, and passage rates for licensure examinations and the bar exam. Information is available by specific College or the School of Law.

Retention and Graduation Rates

First Year Retention Rate
The fall to fall retention rate represents the percentage of students first enrolled in the fall semester of one year who are still enrolled at the institution in the fall semester of the next year, and is seen as one measure of student success at an institution.

Fall 2014 to Fall 2015 Fall 2015 to Fall 2016 Fall 2016 to Fall 2017 Fall 2017 to Fall 2018 Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 Fall 2019 to Fall 2020
78.2% 78.0% 78.3% 78.0% 76.4% 78.0%

Six Year Graduation Rate
The six year graduation rate is generally seen as another measure of overall student success at an institution. The rate given is the percentage of the cohort of students who entered in a particular year who were able to successfully complete their course of studies and graduate within six years.

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
57.0% 61.7% 59.2% 60.3% 64.9% 63.8%


The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) measures key aspects of first year and senior students' experiences in college, including students' engagement in educational practices that have been shown to be linked with student learning and success. Since the survey is given to undergraduate students at hundreds of institutions annually, the NSSE results can also be used to compare or benchmark the educational experience at Western New England University with other colleges and universities in the U.S. The NSSE was developed and is administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research.