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Table 9-1
First-Year Retention Rates of Freshmen
2013 - 2017 Cohorts

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20132014201520162017

Number in Original Cohort2,4222,5402,5172,4512,538

Percent Returned, 1st Year87.2%83.8%85.1%83.6%85.9%

Race/Ethnicity*
African American82.9%79.0%75.7%79.9%81.8%
Asian-Pacific90.4%92.5%91.0%88.4%90.9%
Hispanic85.4%79.4%80.7%78.2%83.9%
Multiracial87.2%76.7%81.2%81.6%83.8%
White88.1%84.6%87.0%85.4%87.2%
Other/Unknown83.6%86.1%85.4%82.2%78.2%

Gender
Male88.6%84.4%86.0%82.3%84.3%
Female86.2%83.3%84.5%84.5%87.2%

Race/Ethnicity* and Gender
African American Male82.5%82.0%73.5%77.0%80.8%
African American Female83.2%77.4%77.1%81.9%82.5%
Asian-Pacific Male90.8%93.3%93.9%86.0%90.3%
Asian-Pacific Female90.1%91.7%88.0%90.6%91.5%
Hispanic Male83.3%77.6%81.4%77.4%78.3%
Hispanic Female86.6%80.6%80.2%78.7%88.1%
Multiracial Male95.6%68.6%83.3%86.5%82.1%
Multiracial Female81.9%81.8%80.0%79.2%84.7%
White Male90.1%86.3%87.9%84.0%86.8%
White Female86.7%83.4%86.4%86.5%87.5%
Other/Unknown Male84.9%80.0%83.6%79.7%76.3%
Other/Unknown Female82.2%93.5%87.1%84.6%80.0%

Geographic Origin**
Suburban89.3%86.5%86.7%86.0%87.5%
Chicago84.6%83.8%83.0%78.2%79.8%
Elsewhere in Illinois90.8%83.6%86.7%79.3%91.5%
Out of State/Country85.6%80.5%84.5%83.5%86.7%
Unknown57.1%85.7%84.6%75.0%100.0%

College
Business87.0%85.0%85.3%84.9%85.7%
Communication89.3%83.4%83.4%87.4%90.9%
Computing & Digital Media89.5%85.8%89.3%85.0%86.0%
Education88.5%87.6%87.3%82.9%90.9%
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences87.1%82.7%85.4%79.7%85.8%
Music93.4%93.8%88.1%84.1%92.4%
Science & Health83.6%79.6%80.2%80.9%80.8%
Theatre89.2%86.8%87.1%89.2%96.2%

*   Asian-Pacific category includes Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. The Other/Unknown category includes Nonresident alien, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Unknown.
** Geographic Origin based on parent residence. Out-of-State includes Out-of-Country.

IRMA 2018