Institutional Research involves the creation and maintenance of databases and archives of student data including enrollment, student learning assessment, and institutional information.  This data is used for internal decision-making and planning, and external reporting to various agencies and audiences.  This webpage includes some the data available for public use.  Specific institutional research questions may be addressed to the Director of Assessment and Institutional Research.

Student Right to Know

The Higher Education Act requires that all institutions receiving Title IX funding make certain information regarding diversity, graduation, retention, financial aid, athletics and other relevant areas available to current and prospective students. Most of this information can be found in the Common Data Set (CDS) documents below. Our net price calculator can be accessed by clicking here.

Student Outcomes Data

Rochester College tracks the success of enrollees using standardized methods. Completion rates for first time students, transfer students, and student athletes are summarized below:

Incoming Class FA07 FA08 FA09 FA10
First Time 6-YR Rate %42.6%43.2%35.1%32.8%
Transfer 4-YR Rate % 59.9% 64.2%63.1%60.7%
Transfer 6-YR Rate %65.1%  68.9%66.2%65.2%
Athletics 6-YR Rate % 45.65% 42.5% 42.11% 26.74%


Student Engagement and Satisfaction

Rochester College uses nationally-normed surveys to analyze student perceptions of their academic experience to identify institutional strengths and areas needing improvement.  In 2012, the college participated in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The benchmark results are here: RC_NSSE_2012_BenchmarkComparisons. In 2014, the SERVQUAL survey was used to review student services. The NSSE will next be administered in Winter 2017.

Alumni Survey

The Development Office administers a survey to RC graduates after 6 months after completion to track their post-graduate success.  Summary results from the last 5 cycles are included here along with student comments: RC_2013-2016_GradSurveyResults.

Common Data Set (CDS)

The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student’s transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers.  It contains information on student enrollment and persistence, admission, academic offerings, student life, annual expenses, financial aid, faculty and instruction, and degrees conferred.  Rochester College has CDS reports for the following years:

2010-2011: RC_2010-2011_CommonDataSet

2011-2012: RC_2011-2012_CommonDataSet

2012-2013: RC_2012-2013_CommonDataSet

2013-2014: RC_2013-2014_CommonDataSet

2014-2015: RC_2014-2015_CommonDataSet

2016-2017: RC_2016-2017_CommonDataSet (financial data will be added by 4/1/17)