Student Performance

Graduation Rate

The six-year graduation rate represents students who enrolled as first-time, full-time students six years earlier and completed their undergraduate degrees within 150% of the traditional four-year time frame. Over the last five years, Oglethorpe’s graduation rate has ranged from 47% to 54%. Oglethorpe Peers have ranged from 29% graduation rate to 75% over that same time period. Oglethorpe sets its minimum threshold based on the 25th percentile and its target as being in the 50th percentile of its peers each year.

  • Minimum: 25th Percentile (currently 49%)
  • Target: 50th Percentile (currently 60%)
  • Actual: 54% Graduation Rate

For the latest available data in 2018, Oglethorpe met the minimum but missed the target.

Note: Data are collected on the number of students entering the institution as full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students in a particular year (cohort), and whether they completed within 150% of normal time to completion. Typically, this corresponds to a 6-year rate, but some programs may differ.


Retention Rate

The retention rate is an indicator of how well first-year students acclimate to an institution’s academic and social life. Oglethorpe determined that increasing retention rate was a priority and would be a key component of its SACSCOC Quality Enhancement Plan. Since 2014, Oglethorpe has increased its retention rate from 71% to 80%, reflecting a large change in the success of retaining first-year students. Because of this effort, Oglethorpe set as its minimum the median retention rate of its peers (73% in 2018) and a target of being in the 80th percentile (80% in 2018).

  • Minimum: Peer Median (currently 73%)
  • Target: 90th Percentile of peers (currently 80%)
  • Actual: 80% Retention Rate

For the latest available data in 2018, Oglethorpe met the minimum and the target.


Pell Graduation Rate

Given that enrolling an economically diverse student body is a university priority, it is also important that those students are not just provided access but also see success. Oglethorpe monitors the graduation rate of its Pell students as compared to the non-Pell student body. Given that Oglethorpe’s graduation rate of Pell students reflects about the same difference as its overall graduation rate, Oglethorpe has decided to focus setting minimums and targets based on its own metrics rather than as an outright percentage based on peers. Currently the graduation rate of Pell students at Oglethorpe is 45%, whereas the graduation rate of all students at Oglethorpe is 54%, reflecting a 9% gap. At its peer institutions the median Pell graduation rate is 50%, and the median graduation rate for all students is 59%, reflecting a 9% gap. Thus, Oglethorpe sets as its target the closing of the gap between those two rates. At a minimum, Oglethorpe seeks to have no greater gap than its peers between Pell and overall graduation rate. The target is to close the gap to 5%.

  • Minimum: median gap represented by peers between Pell and overall graduation rate.
  • Target: 5% gap between Pell and overall graduation rate.
  • Actual: 9% gap between Pell and overall graduation rate.

For the latest available data in 2018, Oglethorpe met the minimum but missed the target.