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Graduation Rates for Students Starting College in 1996

The data presented below are from a longitudinal report collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) in 2002. Only colleges and universities that reported this data in this year are included. Some schools, such as University of California Merced and California State University Channel Islands, are too new.

The report follows a group of full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students that started college in 1996, labeled below as the Cohort. The Completions columns indicate how many of the original cohort received their bachelor's degree in 4 years, 5 years, and 6 years.

The completion rates are the percentage of the cohort that completed within 4, 5, or 6 years. To calculate the rate, all completions up to and including that time-frame are used as the numerator. For example, based on a cohort of 100 students, if 25 students complete their bachelor's degree in 4 years, the 4-year completion rate is 25%. If 15 students take 5 years to complete their degree, the 5-year completion rate is 40%; that is 40% of the original cohort completed their degree within 5 years of starting. If 10 students take 6 years to complete, the 6-year completion rate is 50%.

To see the data by ethnicity and gender, click on the name of a college or university. Data for other years are available via links at the bottom of this page.

Graphs showing trend over time of the 4-year, 5-year, and 6-year can be viewed by clicking on the Trend Graph link following the name of the school.

For the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) Systems, the completion rates for the system as a whole is provided with a link to a graph showing the trend over time. Average rates for UC, CSU, and members of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) are also provided.

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  Completions Completion Rate
University of California
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
University of California, Berkeley -  Trend Graph 3,727 1,908 1,021 185 51.2% 78.6% 83.6%
University of California, Davis -  Trend Graph 3,520 1,136 1,289 328 32.3% 68.9% 78.2%
University of California, Irvine -  Trend Graph 3,053 1,118 1,019 190 36.6% 70.0% 76.2%
University of California, Los Angeles -  Trend Graph 3,819 1,791 1,271 167 46.9% 80.2% 84.6%
University of California, Riverside -  Trend Graph 1,416 557 309 71 39.3% 61.2% 66.2%
University of California, San Diego -  Trend Graph 2,679 1,337 684 155 49.9% 75.4% 81.2%
University of California, Santa Barbara -  Trend Graph 3,464 1,337 862 262 38.6% 63.5% 71.0%
University of California, Santa Cruz -  Trend Graph 1,970 814 404 98 41.3% 61.8% 66.8%
University of California Totals -  Trend Graph 23,648 9,998 6,859 1,456 42.3% 71.3% 77.4%
University of California Average Rate         42.0% 69.9% 76.0%
California State University
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
California Maritime Academy -  Trend Graph 60 16 13 3 26.7% 48.3% 53.3%
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo -  Trend Graph 2,757 448 931 398 16.2% 50.0% 64.5%
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona -  Trend Graph 1,497 128 280 193 8.6% 27.3% 40.1%
California State University, Bakersfield -  Trend Graph 418 56 70 40 13.4% 30.1% 39.7%
California State University, Chico -  Trend Graph 1,524 173 392 152 11.4% 37.1% 47.0%
California State University, Dominguez Hills -  Trend Graph 475 24 81 61 5.1% 22.1% 34.9%
California State University, East Bay -  Trend Graph 661 83 122 66 12.6% 31.0% 41.0%
California State University, Fresno -  Trend Graph 1,503 198 295 159 13.2% 32.8% 43.4%
California State University, Fullerton -  Trend Graph 2,028 199 497 252 9.8% 34.3% 46.7%
California State University, Long Beach -  Trend Graph 2,299 152 461 298 6.6% 26.7% 39.6%
California State University, Los Angeles -  Trend Graph 1,313 51 205 162 3.9% 19.5% 31.8%
California State University, Monterey Bay -  Trend Graph 214 18 49 8 8.4% 31.3% 35.0%
California State University, Northridge -  Trend Graph 2,555 97 382 292 3.8% 18.7% 30.2%
California State University, Sacramento -  Trend Graph 1,396 84 252 164 6.0% 24.1% 35.8%
California State University, San Bernardino -  Trend Graph 882 78 170 96 8.8% 28.1% 39.0%
California State University, San Marcos -  Trend Graph 284 23 49 23 8.1% 25.4% 33.5%
California State University, Stanislaus -  Trend Graph 381 85 79 31 22.3% 43.0% 51.2%
Humboldt State University -  Trend Graph 823 62 165 99 7.5% 27.6% 39.6%
San Diego State University -  Trend Graph 2,908 208 585 316 7.2% 27.3% 38.1%
San Francisco State University -  Trend Graph 1,727 111 285 258 6.4% 22.9% 37.9%
San Josť State University -  Trend Graph 1,549 84 285 189 5.4% 23.8% 36.0%
Sonoma State University -  Trend Graph 781 156 171 58 20.0% 41.9% 49.3%
California State University Totals -  Trend Graph 28,035 2,534 5,819 3,318 9.0% 29.8% 41.6%
California State University Average Rate         10.5% 30.6% 41.3%
WASC-Accredited Non-public 4-Year Institutions (AICCU Member)
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
American Jewish University -  Trend Graph 17 9 0 0 52.9% 52.9% 52.9%
Art Center College of Design -  Trend Graph 20 15 1 0 75.0% 80.0% 80.0%
Azusa Pacific University -  Trend Graph 442 185 49 11 41.9% 52.9% 55.4%
Biola University -  Trend Graph 407 184 62 9 45.2% 60.4% 62.7%
California Baptist University -  Trend Graph 219 81 18 4 37.0% 45.2% 47.0%
California College of the Arts -  Trend Graph 70 11 13 7 15.7% 34.3% 44.3%
California Institute of Technology -  Trend Graph 216 156 21 8 72.2% 81.9% 85.6%
California Institute of the Arts -  Trend Graph 115 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
California Lutheran University -  Trend Graph 229 141 17 3 61.6% 69.0% 70.3%
Chapman University -  Trend Graph 382 164 38 10 42.9% 52.9% 55.5%
Claremont McKenna College -  Trend Graph 245 192 7 1 78.4% 81.2% 81.6%
Cogswell Polytechnical College -  Trend Graph 54 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Concordia University -  Trend Graph 165 1 5 87 0.6% 3.6% 56.4%
Dominican University of California -  Trend Graph 58 23 5 1 39.7% 48.3% 50.0%
Fresno Pacific University -  Trend Graph 116 60 7 0 51.7% 57.8% 57.8%
Golden Gate University -  Trend Graph 38 16 0 2 42.1% 42.1% 47.4%
Harvey Mudd College -  Trend Graph 175 128 9 3 73.1% 78.3% 80.0%
Holy Names University -  Trend Graph 47 9 1 0 19.1% 21.3% 21.3%
Hope International University -  Trend Graph 85 17 13 2 20.0% 35.3% 37.6%
Humphreys College -  Trend Graph 73 12 37 6 16.4% 67.1% 75.3%
La Sierra University -  Trend Graph 187 36 22 6 19.3% 31.0% 34.2%
Laguna College of Art & Design -  Trend Graph 31 5 2 1 16.1% 22.6% 25.8%
Loyola Marymount University -  Trend Graph 829 474 87 22 57.2% 67.7% 70.3%
Menlo College -  Trend Graph 87 14 1 0 16.1% 17.2% 17.2%
Mills College -  Trend Graph 154 81 6 5 52.6% 56.5% 59.7%
Mount Saint Mary's College -  Trend Graph 112 61 8 4 54.5% 61.6% 65.2%
National University -  Trend Graph 6 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Notre Dame de Namur University -  Trend Graph 124 49 13 1 39.5% 50.0% 50.8%
Occidental College -  Trend Graph 352 264 12 3 75.0% 78.4% 79.3%
Otis College of Art and Design -  Trend Graph 98 25 8 0 25.5% 33.7% 33.7%
Pacific Union College -  Trend Graph 213 26 15 4 12.2% 19.2% 21.1%
Patten University -  Trend Graph 11 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pepperdine University -  Trend Graph 698 444 71 11 63.6% 73.8% 75.4%
Pitzer College -  Trend Graph 211 120 18 0 56.9% 65.4% 65.4%
Point Loma Nazarene University -  Trend Graph 515 218 54 7 42.3% 52.8% 54.2%
Pomona College -  Trend Graph 396 331 16 5 83.6% 87.6% 88.9%
Saint Mary's College of California -  Trend Graph 488 307 17 3 62.9% 66.4% 67.0%
Samuel Merritt University -  Trend Graph 5 3 2 0 60.0% 100.0% 100.0%
San Diego Christian College -  Trend Graph 64 19 9 1 29.7% 43.8% 45.3%
San Francisco Conservatory of Music -  Trend Graph 28 15 1 1 53.6% 57.1% 60.7%
Santa Clara University -  Trend Graph 1,075 798 58 13 74.2% 79.6% 80.8%
Scripps College -  Trend Graph 188 119 9 1 63.3% 68.1% 68.6%
Simpson University -  Trend Graph 136 55 13 0 40.4% 50.0% 50.0%
Stanford University -  Trend Graph 1,607 1,239 192 56 77.1% 89.0% 92.5%
The Master's College -  Trend Graph 156 69 29 0 44.2% 62.8% 62.8%
Thomas Aquinas College -  Trend Graph 46 31 3 0 67.4% 73.9% 73.9%
University of La Verne -  Trend Graph 197 61 26 5 31.0% 44.2% 46.7%
University of Redlands -  Trend Graph 373 201 11 1 53.9% 56.8% 57.1%
University of San Diego -  Trend Graph 1,042 542 134 27 52.0% 64.9% 67.5%
University of San Francisco -  Trend Graph 616 307 86 21 49.8% 63.8% 67.2%
University of Southern California -  Trend Graph 2,801 1,590 424 122 56.8% 71.9% 76.3%
University of the Pacific -  Trend Graph 401 176 80 19 43.9% 63.8% 68.6%
Vanguard University of Southern California -  Trend Graph 197 77 20 5 39.1% 49.2% 51.8%
Westmont College -  Trend Graph 398 246 18 5 61.8% 66.3% 67.6%
Whittier College -  Trend Graph 338 153 13 3 45.3% 49.1% 50.0%
William Jessup University -  Trend Graph 20 6 0 0 30.0% 30.0% 30.0%
Woodbury University -  Trend Graph 93 27 11 6 29.0% 40.9% 47.3%
WASC-Accredited Non-public 4-Year Institutions (AICCU Member) Average Rate         43.3% 52.2% 55.0%
WASC-Accredited Non-public 4-Year Institutions
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
Academy of Art University -  Trend Graph 214 19 50 0 8.9% 32.2% 32.2%
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science -  Trend Graph 22 22 0 0 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
LIFE Pacific College -  Trend Graph 63 12 4 1 19.0% 25.4% 27.0%
National Hispanic University -  Trend Graph 5 0 3 0 0.0% 60.0% 60.0%
San Francisco Art Institute -  Trend Graph 44 10 6 3 22.7% 36.4% 43.2%
Southern California Institute of Architecture -  Trend Graph 18 0 10 0 0.0% 55.6% 55.6%
State-Approved Institutions
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
Bethesda Christian University -  Trend Graph 19 5 2 0 26.3% 36.8% 36.8%
California Christian College -  Trend Graph 3 2 1 0 66.7% 100.0% 100.0%
Coleman University -  Trend Graph 17 14 1 2 82.4% 88.2% 100.0%
Columbia College - Hollywood -  Trend Graph 78 17 0 0 21.8% 21.8% 21.8%
Design Institute of San Diego -  Trend Graph 8 0 0 5 0.0% 0.0% 62.5%
DeVry University -  Trend Graph 735 194 14 27 26.4% 28.3% 32.0%
Epic Bible College -  Trend Graph 13 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Musicians Institute -  Trend Graph 7 0 0 7 0.0% 0.0% 100.0%
Newschool of Architecture & Design -  Trend Graph 4 0 1 0 0.0% 25.0% 25.0%
Shasta Bible College -  Trend Graph 1 1 0 0 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Southern California Institute of Technology -  Trend Graph 27 26 0 0 96.3% 96.3% 96.3%
University of Phoenix -  Trend Graph 213 2 1 0 0.9% 1.4% 1.4%
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad/West Coast Talmudical Seminary -  Trend Graph 12 1 0 0 8.3% 8.3% 8.3%
Institutions Exempt from State Approval
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
Pacific States University -  Trend Graph 5 2 0 0 40.0% 40.0% 40.0%
Southern California Seminary -  Trend Graph 5 0 2 0 0.0% 40.0% 40.0%

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