Signficance of Freshman Retention Rate of Selective Colleges/Universities
Graduation and retention rates tend to track admission selectivity (stronger entering students are more likely to graduate, and on time). What may be more relevant are the rates compared to the rates that one would expect for schools of that level of admission selectivity.
This came up on a thread I was recently reading, and it's something I've been wondering about as I am starting to research possible schools for DS19. Specifically, is there really that much of a difference in "student happiness" at schools with, say, a 92% freshman-sophomore retention rate vs. a school with a 95+% retention rate of freshmen?
Obviously the retention rate isn't a huge factor in selecting a school, but it does seem like another metric that's worth noticing, if even briefly - along with alumni giving metrics.
Thoughts? Should I assume anything above 90% is about as positive as a school in the 97 or 98% range?