Undergraduate Students Show Unprecedented Satisfaction with Duquesne

More students than ever are satisfied with their first semester of college at Duquesne University, with 97 percent returning to campus this spring.

Besides this unprecedented first-semester retention rate, the Enrollment Management Group and University Retention Committee at Duquesne also announced that Duquesne’s six-year graduation rate is 76 percent, 11 percentage points above the national average.

Duquesne’s retention rate from the freshman to the sophomore year is more than 8 percentage points above the national average for doctoral-degree granting institutions, said Paul-James Cukanna, associate provost for enrollment management.

“Retention and graduation rates are important gauges of student engagement and our results reflect both the strategic investments of President Charles J. Dougherty as well as the diligent work of many academic, administrative and student services colleagues across campus,” Cukanna said.  Many of these services are designed to help students transition from high school to a demanding academic environment.

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