Leadership Notes > good-news-student-retention
By Salma Ghanem, PhD /
September 28, 2023 /
I’m writing to share some very good news. More of last year’s freshmen returned to DePaul for a second year than at any time since 2013! DePaul’s first-year retention rate for the 2022 freshmen cohort is 87%; that’s an increase of 3 percentage points over the 84% of the past two years. Moreover, the retention rate for Black students has increased 4 percentage points to 79%, and for Hispanic students that rate has increased 6 percentage points to 85%. These improved retention rates will help us reach the goal of closing the performance gaps across racial and ethnic groups by 2033, as mentioned by President Manuel during Academic Convocation.