In the fall of 2014 it was announced that the freshman retention rate, the rate at which freshman students return to be sophomores, had reached 81.7%, an all-time high for the university.
When asked why he believed the percentage had hit the record high, Kent State Provost Todd Diacon gave credit to an improvement in academic advising, as well as a push for students to maintain 15-credit hour semesters, and the expansion of support services and co-curricular experiences.
Sophomore Michael George said he really took advantage of the on-campus resources available to him, like writing workshops and tutoring, and that it helped him improve his freshman year.
Besides being one of the largest classes, the class of 2018 entered Kent State with the strongest GPA of any freshman in Kent State history, even improving upon the class of 2017’s impressive GPA. Will this equal continued growth within the freshman retention rate at Kent State University? We’ll have to wait to find out.
I’m Jacob Derwin for Broadcast Beat Reporting, thanks for watching.