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Student retention data may point toward a return to pre-pandemic engagement levels

Both freshmen and sophomore students returned to OU in Fall 2022 at a rate roughly 2 percent higher than that of the previous year

Grizz Facts 22-10-17

Student retention, increase post-pandemic

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Seventy-five percent of OU students who were new freshmen in Fall 2021 returned to continue their studies in Fall 2022. The change represents a 2% increase compared to the previous year, which brought with it the lowest retention rate in recent years.

Similarly, the percentage of students returning to OU in Fall 22 with sophomore standing increased to 62% over the previous year.

Increased retention is a positive sign for university leaders working to promote a return to pre-pandemic student engagement levels.

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