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The school is trying to improve freshman retention.
to keep or continue to have

Retention can take on many specialized meanings which are recognized within context. For example:
  • a student’s retention — what a student remembers (holds onto in memory)
  • freshman retention — the number of freshman who return to the school as sophomores
  • employee retention — how successful a firm is at keeping employees over the long term
  • retention bonus — a cash bonus paid to encourage a good employee to stay with a firm
  • water retention — the holding of water in the body — as in "a salt-free diet to reduce water retention"
  • retention basin — a ponding area — typically intended to hold stormwater
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