DeSales University Business Student Graduation, Retention, Internships and Licensure

Graduation and Retention Rates

Traditional Day Students - University Wide Business Students

  • The University 4-year graduation rate for traditional day students who began in the fall of 2013 (Class of 2017) was 63% (263 graduates/417 enrolled).
  • For students who began in the fall of 2012 (Class of 2016) the 4-year graduation rate was 62% (240/389).
  • The University 6-year graduation rate for traditional day students who began in the fall of 2011 (Class of 2015) was 70% (312 graduates/445 enrolled).
  • For student who began in the fall of 2010 (Class of 2014) the 6-year graduation rate was 67% (288/427).

Traditional Day Students - Business Students

  • The University 4-year graduation rate for traditional day business majors who began in fall 0f 2013 (Class of 2017) was 58% (29 graduates/50 enrolled).
  • For traditional day business students who began in the fall of 2012 (Class of 2016) the 4-year graduation rate was 66% (29/44).
  • The University 6-year graduation rate for traditional day business students who began in the fall of 2011 (Class of 2015) was 63% (42 graduates/67 enrolled).
  • For traditional day business student who began in the fall of 2010 (Class of 2014) the 6-year graduation rate for traditional day business students was 71% (31/44).
  • The retention rates for traditional day business students who began in fall of 2016 is 81% and 79% for student who began in fall of 2015.

ACCESS Business Students

  • The 6-year graduation rate for full-time and part-time adult students who started taking courses in our ACCESS program during the 2011-2012 calendar year is 36% (63/177).
  • The graduation rate for full-time and part-time adult students who started taking courses in our ACCESS program during the 2010-2011 calendar year is 39% (60/156).

MBA program

  • The graduation rate for part-time MBA students who started taking courses during the 2015/2016 academic year is 6% (9/149).  Seventy eight percent (78%)  (116/149) remain active and 16% (24/149) are inactive.  A student is treated as inactive if they have not enrolled in a course for one year.

Jobs/Internships

  • In 2016, sixty percent of business students report completing an internship during their time at DeSales. This percentage is up from 2015 (57%) with the highest number of students completing our exit survey (62).  While 60% report having an “internship” at DeSales, 76% report having some type of work experience related to their major or to the business field.  Students have completed internships at companies such as Olympus, Enterprise, Dun and Bradstreet, Parente Beard, and Northwestern Mutual.
  • Forty-seven percent of graduates report having an offer at the time of graduation, which is a bit higher than students’ 2015 acceptance percentage (43%).  Of those students who have an offer, 46% plan to take the offer, which is similar to 2015 numbers.
ACCESS and MBA students are not included in these surveys as a large majority of students in these programs are already employed full-time.

CPA Exam Pass Rates

  • 18 DeSales University graduates sat for the Uniformed CPA Examination in 2014. These graduates achieved a pass rate of 42.9% and an average score of 72.9%.  
  • During 2014, the Pennsylvania average pass rate was 49.3% and the average score was 72.1%.  
(updated 1/14/2017)

MFT Results

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