Consumer Information Guide

Retention Rates

In accordance with the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, each postsecondary educational institution must make available information regarding retention rates of degree- or certificate-seeking first-time, full-time (FTFT) undergraduate students entering the institution.  Retention rate is a measure of the rate at which students persist in their educational program at an institution, expressed as a percentage.  The table shown below is the percentage of FTFT bachelor’s degree-seeking students from the previous fall who were still enrolled in the next fall.




Note: The retention rate shown is the rate reported in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Fall Enrollment survey for fall 2012.  The HEA requires that institutions report the retention rate of FTFT undergraduate students, which, for Western International University, differs from the IPEDS requirement for only FTFT bachelor's degree-seeking students since undergraduate certificate and associate's degree programs are offered in addition to bachelor's degree programs.  The retention rate for all FTFT undergraduate students is approximately 0.1% higher than the rate for only FTFT bachelor's students.