Emily Cardin


Involvement spikes with little burden

College student retention rates are notoriously low between the first and second year of students’ careers. In the ACT’s 2010 “What Works in Student Retention Study,” the current first-year to second-year retention rate for students at public universities in the U.S. is estimated to be about 74 percent. The Institute’s rates are much higher, with 94 percent of students retained after their first year in both 2009 and 2010.