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Undergraduate One-Year Retention

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Download this data here (Last updated on March 6, 2019)
Sources & Methodology:
  • This one-year retention data is available in Berkeley's data warehouse reporting system, Cal Answers. For each cohort of entering undergraduate students, we check to see if each student is enrolled in either the census or end-of-term snapshots for the equivalent term one year later. For example, for a student in the Fall 2014 entering cohort, a "retained for 1 year" status indicates that the student was enrolled (or had already graduated in rare cases) in Fall 2015.
  • Peer comparison data comes from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. We use the "Full-time retention rate" variable, which shows 1-year retention rates for full-time fall-entrant freshman cohorts. Our standard UC/public peer group consists of UCLA, UC San Diego, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Retention rates for all 4-year public colleges come from the "Digest of Education Statistics" published by the National Center for Education Statistics.
  • The "Underrepresented Minority" ethnicity category includes students who self-identify as African-American, Chicanx/Latinx, or Native American/Alaska Native. The "Asian/Pacific Islander" ethnicity category includes students who self-identify as either Asian or Pacific Islander. The "International" category includes non-US citizens/non-permanent residents, who are not counted under specific ethnicities for federal reporting purposes. The "White/Other" ethnicity category includes students who self-identify as White or do not provide information. Prior to 2011, students could also choose an "Other" ethnic category.
  • The Residency data shown in this dashboard is a student's official "demographic" residency, and so may not reflect the actual tuition and fees that a given student pays after various waivers are applied.
Notes on Other Available Data:
  • The National Center for Education Statistics (often referred to as "IPEDS," the name of their primary data collection program for postsecondary institutions) does publish retention rates, but they include only those students who enter in a fall semester as new freshmen. This approach ignores about a third of Berkeley's entering classes (those who are transfer students and those who start in a spring semester). The IPEDS data also distinguishes between full-time and part-time students, a distinction that's rarely used for internal campus reporting.
  • Although the UC Information Center, doesn't currently publish retention rates, UC's Office of the President does include them in the annual UC Accountability Report. While the one-year retention charts in that report do show both freshman and transfer entrants, they only count those entering in the fall semester.