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Fall-to-Fall Retention

Retention rate: Total number of First-Time Degree Seeking students that enroll in the fall semester and return the following fall semester divided by particular cohort of entering First-time Degree Seeking students. This is disaggregated by enrollment status: Part-time and Full-time.

Exclusions: Students with previous college credit are not included in this measurement.

Source: IPEDS Data Feedback Reports

* The comparison group are unique to each compliance cycle and can be found in the IPEDS feedback report. For the 2020 feedback report, the comparison group was selected by NCES. The groups for the remaining report versions are the same 27 Michigan community colleges.


Feedback ReportCohortGRCCComparison Group
2023Fall 202156%62%
2022Fall 202057%58%
2021Fall 201958%63%
2020Fall 201856%64%


Feedback ReportCohortGRCCComparison Group
2023Fall 202156%47%
2022Fall 202048%42%
2021Fall 201950%40%
2020Fall 201852%45%

24. Retention

HEOA Sec. 488(a)(1)(E) amended HEA Sec. 485(a)(1) (20 U.S.C. 1092(a)(1)): added

HEA Sec. 485(a)(1)(U): HEOA amendment effective August 14, 2008 October 29, 2009 FR notice (revised 34 CFR 668.41(d))

Institutions must make available to current and prospective students the retention rate of certificate- or degree-seeking, first-time, undergraduate students as reported to IPEDS.

This information is collected in the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey. For more information: