What is Graduation Rate?

Graduation rate is a percentage which states the number of students completing their graduation degree within a stipulated time or in a number of years.

Posted by Atul Agarwal on 26th April 2018

What is Graduation Rate?

  • The graduation rate is the percentage of students, who complete their under graduation degree within 150% of the scheduled time (year) for a program.

  • Example: For a four-year degree, students who have applied for such a degree is said to be a graduate, if they complete them within a tenure of 6 years.

  • Moreover, as per statistical records, in 2012 there was about 59% percent of students nationally, who have completed their four-year degree in a time span of six years.


Retention rate

In order to understand the graduation rate, one must also have insights in Retention rate.

It is defined as the number of full – time aspirants who were able to survive through the entire course and thereby attain a graduate degree.

Graduation rate involves two types of categories,

  • Percentage of full-time students graduating in four years and

  • Percentage of students graduating in six years.

The percentage of students graduating in six years fall under the federal government reporting requirement.


Colleges with the highest graduation rates-

Institution

Graduation Rate

University of Florida

84%

George Washington University

81%

Marist College

81%

Full Sail University

80%

University of Denver

78%

Northeastern University

77%

Saint Joseph’s University

76%

Linfield College

73%

University of West Georgia

69%

University of Missouri

69%

Washington State University

67%

Appalachian State University

65%

Everglades University

65%

Savannah College of Art & Design

64%

Rogers State University

64%

 


Following colleges are the ones offering graduation in six years:

Institution

6-year graduation rate

Penn State University

86%

University of Wisconsin

84%

University of Michigan

91%

University of California

91%

University of Virginia

93%

Gonzaga University

83%

Florida Atlantic University

46%

Montana State University

50%

 


Conclusion

Graduation rate helps the government to keep a track of the percentage of the students graduating every year so that they can make necessary amendments if any, in their educational policies. The graduation rate is also an indicator of State's upliftment when students can graduate on time with the available resources.