UT inches closer to goal of keeping 90 percent of new students

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- More University of Tennessee freshman are sticking around after their first year of school than in the past.

According to a survey by the school, 84 percent of full-time freshmen who began classes in fall 2006 were still there in November. That's up from about 82 percent in the previous year.

Retention rates for the decade before 2006 hovered between 75 percent and 80 percent.

UT officials have a retention goal of 90 percent.

Among the top reasons students give for not returning to Tennessee for their sophomore year is they feel the Knoxville campus is too large and impersonal, they had problems adjusting to college life and they struggled with the cost of attending.


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, www.knoxnews.com

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