Student Achievement

The information below provides statements of goals and outcomes for the following student achievement measures: graduation rates, first-year retention, student cohort default rates and successful course completion.

ECPI University also participates (along with 645 other postsecondary institutions as of February 2020) in the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), which reports student transfers across postsecondary institutions to provide a more complete picture of undergraduate student progress and completion. SAM is an alternative to the IPEDS graduation rate, which limits cohorts to first-time, full-time students at a single institution. ECPI University’s student achievement outcomes using the SAM initiative methodology are provided at the following link:


Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates (IPEDS Outcome Measure)
Year Goal Results
2018 55% 52%
2019 55% 53%
2020 55% 54%
2021 55% 54%
2022 55% 51%

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems, National Center for Education Statistics (


Retention Rates

First Academic Year Retention
Year Goal Results
2018-19 65% 61%
2019-20 65% 64%
2020-21 65% 60%
2021-22 65% 61%

Source: Institutional Data


Student Cohort Default Rates

Student Cohort Default Rates
Year Goal Results
FY2017 12.0 14.2
FY2018 12.0 11.4
FY2019 12.0 3.4

Source: Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education (


Successful Course Completion Rates

Successful Course Completion
Year Goal Results
2019 89% 89%
2020 89% 87%
2021 89% 87%
2022 89% 87%

Number of courses attempted in a calendar year divided by the number of students who earn a passing grade in the course according to University policies.

Source: Institutional Data