UND Student Outcomes
The University of North Dakota is pleased to provide the following information regarding our institution’s retention and graduation rates. The information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended (2008). The rates reflect the retention and graduation rates of students who enrolled as first-time, full-time degree-seeking students the fall term of the school year.
Per the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the following students are excluded from calculation of retention and graduation rates: students who start at UND, transfer to another institution, and graduate; and students who start elsewhere (e.g., one of the North Dakota's two-year institutions) and graduates from UND. Additional allowable exclusions include students who left UND for the following reasons: to serve in the armed forces; to serve with a foreign aid service of the Federal Government (e.g., Peace Corps); to serve on official church missions; or died or were totally and permanently disabled.
Fall-to-Fall Retention Rates
Per IPEDS, the fall-to-fall retention rate are the percentage of first-time, full-time degree-seeking student from the previous fall who are again enrolled in the next fall. Students who graduate within their first year are considered 'retained/continued' to their 2nd year and any student who continues with a graduate/professional program without a completed bachelor's program are considered retained.
First-Time, Full-Time Degree Seeking Students
|2nd Fall at UND||
|Fall 2012||Fall 2013||2,334||1,751||75.02%|
|Fall 2013||Fall 2014||1,888||1,504||79.66%|
|Fall 2014||Fall 2015||1,882||1,525||81.03%|
|Fall 2015||Fall 2016||1,868||1,487||79.60%|
|Fall 2016||Fall 2017||1,903||1,537||80.77%|
|Fall 2017||Fall 2018||1,920||1,537||80.05%|
|Fall 2018||Fall 2019||1,809||1,418||78.39%|
|Fall 2019||Fall 2020||1,650||1,343||81.39%|
|Fall 2020||Fall 2021||1,569||1,202||76.61%|
|Fall 2021||Fall 2022||1,723||1,359||78.87%|
|Fall 2022||Fall 2023||1,719||1,426||82.96%|
Per IPEDS, graduation rates are the percentage of first-time, full-time degree-seeking students who graduate or complete their program of study within a specified timeframe. The normal time to completion for a bachelor’s degree is 4 years. The graduation rate required for disclosure and/or reporting purposes under the Student Right-to-Know Act (1997, 1999) is the 6-year graduation rate (also known as Graduation Rate 150%).
First-Time, Full-Time Degree Seeking Students
*National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Graduation Success Rate (GSR), introduced in 2002 to calculate 6-year graduation rates for Division I athletes. This methodology mirrors the federal IPEDS methodology; however, the definition is more inclusive. The following adjustments are present with the NCAA GSR: a) transfer student-athletes, midyear enrollees and non-scholarship students at schools that do not offer athletics aid are included; and b) student-athletes who leave a school while academically eligible to compete are removed from the NCAA GSR calculation (transfers are only counted in the new school’s cohort).
For additional information regarding NCAA GSR calculation, please see How Graduation Rates are Calculated (pdf).
Alumni Outcomes-Employment and Continuing Education
UND Career Services conducts three surveys via email each year to collect employment and continuing education information from recent graduates. The surveys are conducted beginning at graduation for a period of six months for graduates in August, December, and May. The results are then complied by degree year. The information collected in this survey is used by various offices across campus, as well as for university assessment purposes and to inform responses to questions from various stakeholders regarding employment and salary data.
Based on the survey results, alums’ current employment or education status is categorized according to one of the following categories:
- Respondents who are employed full-time (30 or more hours per week) or part-time (Less than 30 hours per week). This does not included respondents enrolled in graduate or professional school.
- Continuing Education
- Respondents who have been accepted to and plan to matriculate into a program of further study. This includes graduate school or other specialized training.
- Military Service
- Respondents serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or the military of another country.
- Respondents who are participating in a volunteer or service program (e.g., Peace Corps, mission work).
- Respondents participating in an educational or work-related fellowship
- Still Looking
- Employment: respondents who have indicated that they are seeking employment or engaged in the job-search process.
- Continuing Education: respondents who have indicated that they are seeking and have not yet enrolled in a program of continuing education.
- Not Seeking
- Respondents who have indicated that they choose not to pursue either employment or continuing education at this time.
Outcomes Survey Results for the 2021-22 Graduates
In August 2021, December 2021, and May 2022, 2,449 students were candidates for degrees,
graduates having participated in this survey, for a response rate of 29%.
- 82% of graduates responding to the survey were employed, serving in the military, or pursuing additional education.
- 90% of employed graduates reported that their occupation was related to their degree/field or study.
- 41% of respondents participated in an internship or co-op while at UND.
- $53,725 was the average salary of undergraduate respondents employed full-time.
- $68,224 was the average salary of graduate respondents employed full-time.