Student retention, graduation rates rise at GRU

AUGUSTA, Ga.- Georgia Regents University’s student retention and graduation rates are on the rise, according to a recent report from the University System of Georgia.

GRU’s retention rate among freshmen who return for their sophomore year has risen over three percent since fall 2011, and six-year graduation rates have seen a seven percent increase since 2012.

University officials attribute these improvements to a series of high-impact, proactive services targeted to keeping students on track to graduate.

One of those initiatives, ‘4 Years 4 U,’ launched in fall 2013 and centers on a two-way dialogue between freshman and sophomore students and the university’s newly augmented advising staff, along with a flat tuition model that incentivizes students to enroll for 15 hours, the pace needed to graduate in four years.

In fall 2012, only 8 percent of freshmen attempted 15 or more credit hours and fewer than four percent succeeded. In fall 2013, aided by ‘4 Years 4 U’ counseling, 71 percent of freshmen attempted 15 or more credit hours and 42 percent succeeded. This fall, the percent of freshmen attempting 15 or more credits reached 89.5 percent.

In addition to ‘4 Years 4 U,” GRU has also enhanced its recruitment efforts and created effective and engaging orientation and Convocation programs. The university added opportunities for student engagement — a critical factor for student success — through campus and academic enrichment activities and leadership development programs.

“We are excited, we are grateful, we are proud, and we are sure this is only the beginning,” said Dr. Gretchen Caughman, GRU’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. “GRU thanks our community and state who provide so much support to our institution and for all of the students who are creating their future at our university.”



Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.