Augustana Reports Record Student Retention Rate

On its first day of classes, Augustana College reported an 86 percent freshman-to-sophomore retention rate, the highest since 1971, the first year the College began tracking the statistic.

Returning sophomores, combined with existing upperclassmen and 518 students who are new to campus (including freshmen and transfer students), brings Augustana’s headcount for fall 2010 to 1,822 – up from 1,795 a year ago.

“For students, choosing a college is the most important decision in their lives thus far. We’re committed to doing all we can to share the Augustana story – our exceptional students; our great professors; our international opportunities; and so much more – as often as we can,” said Nancy Davidson, vice president for Enrollment. “Yet, it’s important to point out that enrolling students is only half our job. Nurturing and fostering their academic, spiritual and social development once students are here is critical to their collegiate success. The one-on-one guidance and support we provide to our students is why our retention rate is far above the national average.”

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations