2020 Student Success Metrics

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has released their student success metrics in December of 2020. The goals for these metrics are listed on the Board of Regents Scorecard. The Office of Undergraduate Education leads the Strategic Enrollment plan which aims to enhance student success and overall experiences at the U.

First-Year Retention Rate:

With 93.5% of students returning for a second year, the University of Minnesota- Twin CIties set an all-time record!  Fifteen years ago, this rate was 87.6%.   UMTC brings in a large number of transfer students compared to our peers. The retention rate for our transfer students returning for a second year set a record increasing to 87.9% from 84.2% over the last fifteen years.  These measures have seen slight but steady increases over time and we continue to focus on the transfer student experience.

Graduation Rates:

UMTC has seen the largest improvement in the 4-year graduation rate of any doctoral-granting institution in the country when looking back over the last 20 years of annual data collected by the U.S. Department of Education.  UMTC undergraduates are completing their degree in 4 years at a rate of 72.7%.  By 6 years, 84.5% of our undergraduates have received their diplomas.  These graduation rates are the highest in UMTC history.  The UMTC has also seen continued improvement with student-of-color graduation rates.  Fifteen years ago, the 4 year graduation rate was 36.7%. 

Broad themes:

Focusing on excellence, access, and affordability.

  • Targeted, high-touch recruitment with lens of admitting for student success.
    • While we recruit students nationally, the focus is on enrolling Minnesota students
  • Strategic scholarship awards attract and enroll high performing students from across Minnesota and the US as well as need-based support for low and middle income students from Minnesota. This support allows students to focus on their studies and helps them complete their degree in four years. 

Improvements to the student experience.

  • Creating a vibrant first-year experience including orientation, welcome week and almost 90% of freshman living on campus (pre-COVID).
  • Engaging students in meaningful learning opportunities outside of the classroom including research, study abroad, internships, student organizations, service learning and leadership opportunities.
  • Continued focus on the transfer student experiences, resources and programming.

Student success and support.

  • Investing in academic advising and career services to provide support and guidance throughout the undergraduate experience. 
  • Providing timely and proactive outreach and support for students to help keep them on track towards graduation.
  • Leveraging technology and data to support student persistence.
  • Increased focus on support and resources for mental health while continuing to educate faculty and staff.

Focusing on equity and inclusion.

  • Ensuring a sense of belonging for all students. 
  • Improving the college experience for specific groups of students including students of color, first-generation students, international students, transfer students, veterans, students who are parents, and students with disabilities.

Emphasizing timely graduation

  • Incoming class-branding emphasizing graduation in 4 years. 
  • Policy changes to support student persistence for all students.
  • Removed barriers that inhibit progress to degree for all students.