A Conceptual Model of Nontraditional Undergraduate Student Attrition

John P. Bean
Barbara S. Metzner


Older, part-time, and commuter students have composed an increasingly larger portion of college student bodies. The reasons why these students drop out of school are not well understood. The purpose of this paper is to describe the rise in nontraditional enrollments, define the nontraditional undergraduate student, and develop a conceptual model of the attrition process for these students. The chief difference between the attrition process of traditional and nontraditional students is that nontraditional students are more affected by the external environment than by the social integration variables affecting traditional student attrition.


APA Citation

Bean, J. P., & Metzner, B. S. (1985). A conceptual model of nontraditional undergraduate student attrition. Review of educational Research, 55(4), 485-540.

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Research Design Not applicable
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Level of Analysis Student-level
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Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest Bachelors-granting
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