Vertical bar graph has “Retention Rate” along the Y-axis with a range of 0% to 90%, and “Demographic” along the X-axis with two bars, one representing student with no early college and one for student with early college, for each of the following:

  • Geography: Rural
  • Geography: Urban
  • Gender: Male
  • Gender: Female
  • Race/Ethnicity: Students of Color
  • Race/Ethnicity: White

Graph shows that all students with early college experience are more likely to persist during their first year of college, with males and students of color benefitting most, with improved retention rates of 12% and 14% respectively, when compared to similar peers with no early college courses.


Demographic Retention Rate: Students with No Early College Retention Rate: Students with Early College
Geography: Rural 69% 82%
Geography: Urban 73% 83%
Gender: Male 68% 80%
Gender: Female 73% 84%
Race/Ethnicity: Students of Color 70% 84%
Race/Ethnicity: White 71% 82%

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