Student Achievement

The University of Miami evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission. The University uses many criteria to evaluate student achievement including student success, student satisfaction, and post-graduation outcomes. 


Student Success

Retention Rate

The University utilizes the federal retention rate as a measure of student success because it indicates the degree to which entering first-year students are successful in transitioning from high school to the University by completing their first year and returning for their second year. As shown in the table below, the University has averaged a retention rate of 91.5% over the last five years. The University's strategic planning goal is to increase the retention rate by 2020.

  2012 Cohort  2013 Cohort  2014 Cohort  2015 Cohort  2016 Cohort 5-Year Average

 Retention Rate

 91.3%

 92.6%

 92.1%

 90.8%

 90.9%

91.5% 

 

Graduation Rate

The University utilizes the federal six-year graduation rate as a measure of student success because it indicates the degree to which entering first-year students are successful in achieving their educational goals at the University by attaining a bachelor's degree. As shown in the table below, the University has averaged a six-year graduation of 81.9% over the last five years. The University's strategic planning goal is to increase the 6-year graduation rate by 2020.

   2007 Cohort  2008 Cohort  2009 Cohort  2010 Cohort 2011 Cohort 5-Year Average
 4-Year Graduation Rate  70.8%  68.5% 68.2%  69.6%  72.4% 69.9%
 5-Year Graduation Rate  80.7%  78.7%  79.5%  80.3%  82.4% 80.3%
 6-Year Graduation Rate  81.7%  81.0% 81.6%  81.7% 83.6% 81.9%

 

 
Student Satisfaction

Another way in which the University measures success in relation to student achievement is student satisfaction with their educational experience. The University's goal is that the majority of students will be satisfied with their UM education.

Graduating Student Survey

The University administers a Graduating Student Survey each semester to undergraduate and graduate students. Over 3,000 graduating students completed the 2016-17 surveys: 2,239 undergraduates, 630 master's students, and 147 doctoral students. As shown in the table below, the survey results demonstrate that students are satisfied with their UM education.

Overall, how satisfied have you been with your education at this institution?

   Undergraduates  Master's Students  Doctoral Students  All Students
 Very Dissatisfied  2.5%  5.9%  6.3%  3.4%
 Generally Dissatisfied  6.2%  5.7%  4.9%  6.0%
 Generally Satisfied  46.9%  40.0%  43.1%  45.2%
 Very Satisfied  44.5%  48.5%  45.8%  45.4%
 Total  100.0%  100.0%  100.0%  100.0%


Over 90% of students were generally or very satisfied, including 91% of undergraduates, 90% of master's students, and 90% of doctoral students.

The survey results also demonstrate that students feel more confident in their academic abilities as a result of their education as shown in the table below.

Compare your overall confidence in your abilities at the end of your career with your confidence when you first enrolled at UM

   Undergraduates   Master's Students   Doctoral Students All Students
 Much Less Confident   0.4%  0.2% 0.0%  0.3%
 Less Confident  1.9%  0.8%  2.1%  1.7%
 About the Same  7.1%  6.5%  4.2%  6.9%
 More Confident  40.7%  41.8%  31.0%  40.5%
 Much More Confident  49.8%  50.7%  62.7%  50.6%
 Total  100.0%  100.0%  100.0%  100.0%

Over 90% of students were more or much more confident, including 91% of undergraduates, 93% of master's students, and 94% of doctoral students. In fact, the majority of students were much more confident in their abilities at graduation and this confidence increased progressively from undergraduate level to the doctoral level: 50% of undergraduates, 51% of master's students, and 63% of doctoral students.

 

Post-Graduation Outcomes

The University also measures student achievement in terms of how successful students are in fulfilling their post-graduation plans. Post-graduation outcomes include graduate school and employment.

Graduate School and Employment Outcomes

The Toppel Career Center collects data on students' post-graduation plans each year and publishes the  career outcomes on its website. The University's goal is that the majority of its graduate will be successful in fulfilling their post-graduation plans. The data on the Class of 2016 demonstrate that students are successful in achieving post-graduation outcomes: 92% of students had secured post-graduate plans within six months of graduation. Of these, 70% has a full-time job; 25% were in graduate school; 4% were working part-time; and 1% were pursing other opportunities such as military or full-time volunteer experiences.

 

For information on student achievement for a specific college or school, check the links below.