Fall 2021 enrollment, retention and graduation rate statistics now available 

Compiled by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, official fall 2021 enrollment, retention and graduation rate statistics, are now available on the OIRA website and DATAMARQ.     

Continuing a recent trend, Marquette welcomed the most diverse class in the university’s history.  

Marquette’s first-year class includes 1,653 students, of which 34 percent are students of color, rising from 30 percent in Fall 2020. Overall, students of color constitute 27 percent of the student population.  

In addition, Marquette welcomed the highest percentage of undergraduate women (58 percent) in recent Marquette history.  

The undergraduate student body includes 7,660 students, decreasing from recent years after two smaller-than-average cohorts during the pandemic.  

A declining undergraduate population, however, was offset by the largest graduate population in over a decade, with 3,660 graduate and professional students enrolled at the university. High graduate enrollment was driven by growth in programs in Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Nursing. 

Graduate and professional students total 3,660, of which 22 percent are students of color and 61 percent are women, representing the most diverse graduate and professional student body ever seen.  

First-year student statistics 

  • The retention rate of undergraduate first-time students who started in fall 2020 was 89.1 percent, similar to the historical average of 89.2 percent 
  • The six-year graduation rate of undergraduate first-time students who started in fall 2015 was 81.4 percent, lower than the last three student cohorts but higher than the historical average of 81.0 percent

All statistics are accessible via OIRA’s interactive reports. The newly updated reports include student enrollment/FTE, first-year student profile, new transfer student profile, majors and minors, course enrollment and student credit hours, class size information, retention and graduation rates, and an update to the diversity and inclusion dashboards. 

For more information, contact Kevin Chovanec, business intelligence analyst in the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.