Undergraduate Graduation and Retention Rates

MSU Journalism Students Graduate on Time

The Michigan State University Office of Planning and Budgets tracks for MSU the average number of years that students take to graduate ("time to degree") and follows student retention (called "persistence") and counts the time it takes a cohort to graduate ("rate of graduation") for the individual majors. The latest numbers for 2014 are reflected below for Journalism majors. We continue to improve on retention and graduation rates with each new entering class.

Persistence Rate

Persistence rate is the number of students who returned to MSU's Journalism major the next year.

The facts:

MSU Journalism has a 96 percent persistence rate! The rate of first-time undergraduate students who entered the Journalism major in 2014 and returned in 2015 was 96 percent. This is an increase of 3 percent from the prior year, and another 3 percent for the year before that.

In addition, 100 percent of the transfer students who came to MSU to study Journalism in 2013 returned the next year and the next. This statistic has held for several years.

What this means:

Students enjoy their experience at Michigan State University and return to continue their program. However, some students may decide that personal circumstances cause them to sit out a year, or they choose to work full-time and defer their program to a later date (one year or perhaps longer) or they change their major.

Rate of Graduation

Michigan State University tracks the amount of time it takes Journalism majors to graduate. They measure according to fall semesters, which does not take into account the complete academic year. (Most students enter in the fall semester and graduate in the spring.)

The facts:

Most of the students who entered in fall 2010 graduated in calendar year 2014 (80.8%), the most recent figures. Of those students who began in fall 2011, more than half graduated by fall 2014 (56.7%) and more finished out their fourth year in spring 2015.

What this means:

This means that most students graduated in 4 years or fewer years and others took longer. Some students graduate in fewer than 4 years because they take more than 15 credits a semester or take online courses in the summer (and school year) to progress in their program while being away from campus taking study abroad courses, interning at companies and doing other types of work.

Some students take a little longer to graduate because they may be away from campus, doing internships across multiple semesters or taking fewer courses each semester. Still others might transfer in from another major or another school and need to catch up on a few courses. These numbers also include those few students who left MSU for various reasons.


Most students who come to MSU to study Journalism are successful in graduating with a degree in Journalism.

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