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Graduation Rates for Students Starting College in 1997

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 2003. 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 1997, 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 3,600 1,864 1,065 146 51.8% 81.4% 85.4%
University of California, Davis -  Trend Graph 2,405 1,242 616 93 51.6% 77.3% 81.1%
University of California, Irvine -  Trend Graph 2,639 1,018 906 154 38.6% 72.9% 78.7%
University of California, Los Angeles -  Trend Graph 3,811 2,017 1,176 111 52.9% 83.8% 86.7%
University of California, Riverside -  Trend Graph 2,064 766 462 98 37.1% 59.5% 64.2%
University of California, San Diego -  Trend Graph 3,199 1,689 810 153 52.8% 78.1% 82.9%
University of California, Santa Barbara -  Trend Graph 3,716 1,434 989 310 38.6% 65.2% 73.5%
University of California, Santa Cruz -  Trend Graph 2,082 878 382 102 42.2% 60.5% 65.4%
University of California Totals -  Trend Graph 23,516 10,908 6,406 1,167 46.4% 73.6% 78.6%
University of California Average Rate         45.7% 72.3% 77.3%
California State University
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
California Maritime Academy -  Trend Graph 78 26 11 2 33.3% 47.4% 50.0%
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo -  Trend Graph 2,114 318 734 313 15.0% 49.8% 64.6%
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona -  Trend Graph 1,856 157 400 271 8.5% 30.0% 44.6%
California State University, Bakersfield -  Trend Graph 467 49 98 59 10.5% 31.5% 44.1%
California State University, Chico -  Trend Graph 1,618 246 439 173 15.2% 42.3% 53.0%
California State University, Dominguez Hills -  Trend Graph 512 17 76 66 3.3% 18.2% 31.1%
California State University, East Bay -  Trend Graph 711 94 139 77 13.2% 32.8% 43.6%
California State University, Fresno -  Trend Graph 1,510 180 361 158 11.9% 35.8% 46.3%
California State University, Fullerton -  Trend Graph 2,192 215 562 266 9.8% 35.4% 47.6%
California State University, Long Beach -  Trend Graph 2,498 205 538 314 8.2% 29.7% 42.3%
California State University, Los Angeles -  Trend Graph 1,274 82 183 167 6.4% 20.8% 33.9%
California State University, Monterey Bay -  Trend Graph 178 16 25 13 9.0% 23.0% 30.3%
California State University, Northridge -  Trend Graph 2,508 96 404 307 3.8% 19.9% 32.2%
California State University, Sacramento -  Trend Graph 1,350 95 269 165 7.0% 27.0% 39.2%
California State University, San Bernardino -  Trend Graph 890 83 188 107 9.3% 30.4% 42.5%
California State University, San Marcos -  Trend Graph 307 43 57 31 14.0% 32.6% 42.7%
California State University, Stanislaus -  Trend Graph 409 84 75 19 20.5% 38.9% 43.5%
Humboldt State University -  Trend Graph 718 85 153 81 11.8% 33.1% 44.4%
San Diego State University -  Trend Graph 3,008 280 713 330 9.3% 33.0% 44.0%
San Francisco State University -  Trend Graph 1,732 115 327 225 6.6% 25.5% 38.5%
San Josť State University -  Trend Graph 1,931 143 391 226 7.4% 27.7% 39.4%
Sonoma State University -  Trend Graph 872 192 179 46 22.0% 42.5% 47.8%
California State University Totals -  Trend Graph 28,733 2,821 6,322 3,416 9.8% 31.8% 43.7%
California State University Average Rate         11.7% 32.2% 43.0%
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 23 11 3 0 47.8% 60.9% 60.9%
Art Center College of Design -  Trend Graph 26 17 3 0 65.4% 76.9% 76.9%
Azusa Pacific University -  Trend Graph 565 282 34 8 49.9% 55.9% 57.3%
Biola University -  Trend Graph 437 204 66 11 46.7% 61.8% 64.3%
California Baptist University -  Trend Graph 216 71 11 0 32.9% 38.0% 38.0%
California College of the Arts -  Trend Graph 67 11 10 6 16.4% 31.3% 40.3%
California Institute of Technology -  Trend Graph 217 169 17 5 77.9% 85.7% 88.0%
California Institute of the Arts -  Trend Graph 106 49 14 0 46.2% 59.4% 59.4%
California Lutheran University -  Trend Graph 340 172 35 0 50.6% 60.9% 60.9%
Chapman University -  Trend Graph 515 235 51 13 45.6% 55.5% 58.1%
Claremont McKenna College -  Trend Graph 262 203 20 2 77.5% 85.1% 85.9%
Concordia University -  Trend Graph 150 73 5 70 48.7% 52.0% 98.7%
Dominican University of California -  Trend Graph 74 24 8 3 32.4% 43.2% 47.3%
Fresno Pacific University -  Trend Graph 118 53 14 0 44.9% 56.8% 56.8%
Golden Gate University -  Trend Graph 19 0 7 0 0.0% 36.8% 36.8%
Harvey Mudd College -  Trend Graph 183 130 20 4 71.0% 82.0% 84.2%
Holy Names University -  Trend Graph 46 14 5 2 30.4% 41.3% 45.7%
Hope International University -  Trend Graph 105 27 13 6 25.7% 38.1% 43.8%
Humphreys College -  Trend Graph 77 19 18 10 24.7% 48.1% 61.0%
La Sierra University -  Trend Graph 142 19 19 9 13.4% 26.8% 33.1%
Laguna College of Art & Design -  Trend Graph 44 8 3 5 18.2% 25.0% 36.4%
Loyola Marymount University -  Trend Graph 952 589 85 24 61.9% 70.8% 73.3%
Menlo College -  Trend Graph 135 31 15 3 23.0% 34.1% 36.3%
Mills College -  Trend Graph 108 0 0 67 0.0% 0.0% 62.0%
Mount Saint Mary's College -  Trend Graph 149 82 16 0 55.0% 65.8% 65.8%
National University -  Trend Graph 4,438 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Notre Dame de Namur University -  Trend Graph 129 38 21 3 29.5% 45.7% 48.1%
Occidental College -  Trend Graph 444 322 17 5 72.5% 76.4% 77.5%
Otis College of Art and Design -  Trend Graph 94 33 3 2 35.1% 38.3% 40.4%
Pacific Union College -  Trend Graph 205 24 11 4 11.7% 17.1% 19.0%
Patten University -  Trend Graph 11 6 1 0 54.5% 63.6% 63.6%
Pepperdine University -  Trend Graph 669 480 44 9 71.7% 78.3% 79.7%
Pitzer College -  Trend Graph 224 144 11 3 64.3% 69.2% 70.5%
Point Loma Nazarene University -  Trend Graph 494 187 60 7 37.9% 50.0% 51.4%
Pomona College -  Trend Graph 393 338 13 9 86.0% 89.3% 91.6%
Saint Mary's College of California -  Trend Graph 596 390 16 4 65.4% 68.1% 68.8%
Samuel Merritt University -  Trend Graph 9 6 2 0 66.7% 88.9% 88.9%
San Diego Christian College -  Trend Graph 99 27 8 6 27.3% 35.4% 41.4%
San Francisco Conservatory of Music -  Trend Graph 24 14 1 0 58.3% 62.5% 62.5%
Santa Clara University -  Trend Graph 1,004 766 69 16 76.3% 83.2% 84.8%
Scripps College -  Trend Graph 180 135 5 3 75.0% 77.8% 79.4%
Simpson University -  Trend Graph 195 65 20 5 33.3% 43.6% 46.2%
Stanford University -  Trend Graph 1,647 1,276 206 68 77.5% 90.0% 94.1%
The Master's College -  Trend Graph 195 85 31 3 43.6% 59.5% 61.0%
Thomas Aquinas College -  Trend Graph 41 27 4 2 65.9% 75.6% 80.5%
University of La Verne -  Trend Graph 202 62 35 5 30.7% 48.0% 50.5%
University of Redlands -  Trend Graph 398 233 21 6 58.5% 63.8% 65.3%
University of San Diego -  Trend Graph 1,036 589 142 10 56.9% 70.6% 71.5%
University of San Francisco -  Trend Graph 600 285 94 16 47.5% 63.2% 65.8%
University of Southern California -  Trend Graph 2,757 1,670 440 112 60.6% 76.5% 80.6%
University of the Pacific -  Trend Graph 452 203 83 20 44.9% 63.3% 67.7%
Vanguard University of Southern California -  Trend Graph 221 78 27 5 35.3% 47.5% 49.8%
Westmont College -  Trend Graph 332 218 15 5 65.7% 70.2% 71.7%
Whittier College -  Trend Graph 360 165 13 5 45.8% 49.4% 50.8%
William Jessup University -  Trend Graph 27 0 3 2 0.0% 11.1% 18.5%
Woodbury University -  Trend Graph 90 1 26 11 1.1% 30.0% 42.2%
WASC-Accredited Non-public 4-Year Institutions (AICCU Member) Average Rate         44.7% 55.3% 59.9%
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 225 20 25 16 8.9% 20.0% 27.1%
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science -  Trend Graph 84 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
LIFE Pacific College -  Trend Graph 57 14 9 2 24.6% 40.4% 43.9%
National Hispanic University -  Trend Graph 10 0 2 0 0.0% 20.0% 20.0%
San Francisco Art Institute -  Trend Graph 40 13 0 6 32.5% 32.5% 47.5%
Southern California Institute of Architecture -  Trend Graph 19 0 7 0 0.0% 36.8% 36.8%
State-Approved Institutions
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
Art Institute of California - San Francisco -  Trend Graph 2 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Bethesda Christian University -  Trend Graph 29 10 1 3 34.5% 37.9% 48.3%
Brooks Institute -  Trend Graph 1 1 0 0 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
California Christian College -  Trend Graph 21 1 0 0 4.8% 4.8% 4.8%
Columbia College - Hollywood -  Trend Graph 14 7 1 0 50.0% 57.1% 57.1%
Design Institute of San Diego -  Trend Graph 12 2 2 0 16.7% 33.3% 33.3%
DeVry University -  Trend Graph 827 253 26 1 30.6% 33.7% 33.9%
Epic Bible College -  Trend Graph 4 4 0 0 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Musicians Institute -  Trend Graph 28 1 0 3 3.6% 3.6% 14.3%
Newschool of Architecture & Design -  Trend Graph 1 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Northwestern Polytechnic University -  Trend Graph 17 0 0 2 0.0% 0.0% 11.8%
Shasta Bible College -  Trend Graph 3 0 2 0 0.0% 66.7% 66.7%
South Baylo University - Anaheim -  Trend Graph 40 32 7 0 80.0% 97.5% 97.5%
Southern California Institute of Technology -  Trend Graph 90 86 0 0 95.6% 95.6% 95.6%
University of Phoenix -  Trend Graph 551 10 1 4 1.8% 2.0% 2.7%
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad/West Coast Talmudical Seminary -  Trend Graph 22 5 0 0 22.7% 22.7% 22.7%
Institutions Exempt from State Approval
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
Lincoln University -  Trend Graph 46 46 0 0 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Southern California Seminary -  Trend Graph 6 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

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