Student achievement and retention

Students placed into Internships and Independent Studies

Academic Year
Independent Studies
Internships
2016-17
30
5
2015-16
32
6
2014-15
29
1
2013-14
28
0
2012-13
20
0
2011-12
14
5
2010-11
17
11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Success

(survey taken 6-12 months after graduation)

 
2016-17 Survey
Working in the FRSC field 22%
Working in a lab, not in the FRSC field 27%
Placement into Graduate or Professional School 13%
Other Employment 31%
Unemployed 5.6%
Currently placed in an Internship 0%
Total Responses 55 (of 72 graduates)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Retention

Student Retention is a measure of students that remain in the program from year to year. The national average retention rate for public Universities is 74%. VCU's Forensic Science program maintains student interest, resulting in high retention rates. Much of student loss is during the first two years, due to the challenges in the math and science courses, thus resulting in students who change majors.

Forensic Science Student Retention Data
  2014 2015 2016 2017
Total Undergraduates 506 359 377 374
Retained Students 82% 73% 71% 72%
       
Departed Students Statistics
Class:      
Freshmen 21.3% 25.0% 25.23% 37.62%
Sophomores 25.8% 27.0% 23.4% 27.72%
Juniors 23.6% 24.0% 20.7% 18.81%
Seniors 39.2% 24.0% 30.6% 15.84%
       
Reason:      
Change of Major 51.7% 45.8% 52.2% 60.4%
Left University 48.3% 54.2% 47.8% 39.6%