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Table 9-1
Freshman First-Year Retention Rates
2015 - 2019 Cohorts

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20152016201720182019

Number in Original Cohort2,5172,4512,5382,5702,622

Percent Returned, 1st Year85.1%83.6%85.9%85.1%82.9%

Race/Ethnicity*
African American75.7%79.9%81.8%81.7%74.7%
Asian-Pacific91.0%88.4%90.9%88.2%87.7%
Hispanic80.7%78.2%83.9%79.1%79.3%
Multiracial81.2%81.6%83.8%85.1%82.8%
White87.0%85.4%87.2%87.7%84.6%
Other/Unknown85.4%82.2%78.2%80.8%80.8%

Gender
Male86.0%82.3%84.3%84.6%81.7%
Female84.5%84.5%87.2%85.4%83.8%

Race/Ethnicity* and Gender
African American Male73.5%77.0%80.8%78.1%69.6%
African American Female77.1%81.9%82.5%84.0%77.8%
Asian-Pacific Male93.9%86.0%90.3%85.7%85.2%
Asian-Pacific Female88.0%90.6%91.5%90.5%90.4%
Hispanic Male81.4%77.4%78.3%77.7%79.2%
Hispanic Female80.2%78.7%88.1%79.9%79.3%
Multiracial Male83.3%86.5%82.1%85.5%85.4%
Multiracial Female80.0%79.2%84.7%85.0%81.6%
White Male87.9%84.0%86.8%87.8%82.7%
White Female86.4%86.5%87.5%87.6%86.1%
Other/Unknown Male83.6%79.7%76.3%80.0%83.1%
Other/Unknown Female87.1%84.6%80.0%81.5%76.5%

Geographic Origin**
Suburban86.7%86.0%87.5%89.0%86.6%
Chicago83.0%78.2%79.8%78.8%76.4%
Elsewhere in Illinois86.7%79.3%91.5%91.9%86.5%
Out of State/Country84.5%83.5%86.7%82.8%81.9%
Unknown84.6%75.0%100.0%76.5%

College
Business85.3%84.9%85.7%86.4%86.5%
Communication83.4%87.4%90.9%84.5%79.0%
Computing & Digital Media89.3%85.0%86.0%85.4%83.5%
Education87.3%82.9%90.9%88.9%76.1%
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences85.4%79.7%85.8%84.8%80.2%
Music88.1%84.1%92.4%88.1%86.8%
Science & Health80.2%80.9%80.8%81.5%80.3%
Theatre87.1%89.2%96.2%90.9%93.3%

*   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 2020