Retention and Graduation Rates | Southern College of Optometry
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SCO monitors how each student progresses through its four-year professional program. As shown in our data, SCO has excellent retention and graduation rates that exceed our goals of 95% for both metrics.

 

Retention Rates*

The retention rate is the percentage of SCO’s first-time, first-year professional students who continue at SCO the next year. For example, a student who is full-time in the fall semester and stays in the program at the beginning of the next academic year is counted in this rate. The goal of SCO for retention is that 95% or more of all students who enter the program will return through year four.

Cohort
Entering 
# students  # Enrolled
in Y2 
# Enrolled
in Y3 
# Enrolled
in Y4 
2009  124  124  124  122 (98.3%)
2010  120  117  116  116 (96.7%) 
2011  130  128  128  127 (97.7%) 
2012  130  129  129  129 (99.2%) 
2013 131 130 128 128 (97.7%) 


*Retention numbers only include students who remain continuously enrolled with their cohorts. These students may graduate with a different cohort.

 

Graduation Rates

The graduation rate is the percentage of SCO’s first-time, first-year professional students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Students enter the professional program at the Southern College of Optometry in cohorts and normally complete the program in four years. For reporting purposes, entering students who complete within six years are also counted as graduates. SCO has the goal that, over a 5 year period, an average of 95% of all entering students will graduate in 150% of the time it normally takes to graduate. The graduation rate average of cohorts entering from 2007 through 2011 was 97.6%.

Cohort
Entering 
# students  # Graduated
in 4 years 
# Graduated
in 5 years 
# Graduated
in 6 years 
Graduation
Rate 
2007  123  117  119  120  97.6% 
2008  124  119  119  121  97.5% 
2009  124  122  122  123  99.2% 
2010  120  111  114 115  96% 
2011 130 127 127 127 97.7%