UGA, which has spent the 2014 college football season ranked in the top 25, recently entered the top 25 in another important category: overall university student retention performance.
In a study published by Eduventures, a higher education research and consulting company, UGA was one of only six institutions in the nation to rank in the top 25 in both categories-with retention rate defined as the percentage of a school’s first-time, first-year undergraduates who continue at that school the following year.
To determine the retention rate top-25 poll, Eduventures compared each Division I institution’s actual retention rate with a statistically predicted metric to estimate how it should perform based on academic, social, environmental and financial indicators.
UGA, which came it at No. 9 in the retention rankings, was joined only by Florida State, Ohio State, Texas A&M, the University of Southern California and UCLA as schools at the top of both the football and retention rankings.