Each year, Strayer University reports its retention rate to the U.S. Department of Education. These rates measure the percentage of first time, degree seeking undergraduate students who returned to Strayer University to continue their studies the following fall quarter. The percentage of students who began their studies in Fall 2012 and returned in Fall 2013, following the Department of Education method, was 35.7 percent for full-time students and 23.5 percent for part-time students. It is important to note that this rate does not capture students seeking Master’s degrees or certificates or diplomas at Strayer University, and that many Strayer students attend for one or more terms, take a term off, then return to their studies. Additionally, about 50 percent of new Strayer students enter the University with transfer credits. These students would not necessarily be reflected in the retention rate calculated following the Department of Education method.
In compliance with the Student Right to Know Act, Strayer University provides the following graduation rate information.
The Student Right to Know Act graduation rate is a specific calculation that includes only the following population: full-time, first-time, undergraduate, degree/certificate seeking students who enroll at Strayer University during a fall quarter or during the summer immediately preceding the fall quarter in which the student enrolls full time. This population is identified each year and followed for up to 6 years to determine the percentage of graduating students. Because the majority of Strayer University’s students are either part-time students or transfer students who have previously attended a higher education institution, this rate represents a very small fraction of the University’s student body.
For the cohort of students entering Fall 2007, the graduation rate was 26 percent. The official Student Right to Know Act graduation rate pools first-time, full-time, degree or certificate seeking students for the four most recent years, for 2004 to the 2007 entering cohorts. The graduation rate for the pooled 2004 to 2007 cohorts was 23 percent. This data is updated by July 1 of each year.
Strayer University does not disaggregate this data by gender, racial and ethnic subgroup or receipt of different categories of financial aid as the resulting number of students in these subgroups is insufficient to provide with confidence and confidentiality.