We are closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and the potential impact on this year’s NSSR. Your registration is important as we gauge interest and make plans. If we need to move the symposium online, we will work with you to either transfer or refund your registration, whichever you prefer. Thank you.

National Symposium on Student Retention

The National Symposium on Student Retention (NSSR) offers a complete educational experience exploring the latest evidence-based research on post-secondary retention and graduation. The intimate, content-focused environment enhances the potential for networking and encourages collaboration among colleagues from diverse fields and institutions.

Thank you! NSSR continues to be a wonderful conference for a variety of faculty and staff focused on retention efforts. Kudos for another terrific year!

            Myron Shaffer, Assistant Director, Academic & Career Advising, Tulane University


Registration Now Open 

We invite you to join us for this important gathering. Discover new, proven strategies from a diverse group of your colleagues in higher education. Hear the latest research on what works and how you can implement similar approaches on your campus. Online registration is open Through October 18th. Walk-in registration will be available onsite beginning Monday, November 2nd.


November 2-5 in Pittsburgh

On November 2-5, 2020, colleagues from diverse positions, fields, and institutions will meet at The Westin Pittsburgh to focus on current retention and graduation issues and solutions in higher education. The ideas and strategies you discuss here could help move retention efforts at your campus forward.

Program Details

We are planning a great program for #NSSR20, including paper presentations, tutorials, facilitated discussions, a poster session, pre-conference workshops, and a keynote speaker. See the Program Details page for details.

Authors of paper presentations are required to write a paper for peer review. See the Call for Proposals page for information about the proposal process.

For a general overview of past conferences, including conference programs and links to videos, see our Past Symposia page. Sign up for emails, watch the website or follow us on social media for updates.