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Graduation Rates for Students Starting College in 1998

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 2004. 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 1998, 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 3,745 1,986 1,108 148 53.0% 82.6% 86.6%
University of California, Davis -  Trend Graph 2,464 1,091 795 121 44.3% 76.5% 81.5%
University of California, Irvine -  Trend Graph 2,948 1,200 1,003 149 40.7% 74.7% 79.8%
University of California, Los Angeles -  Trend Graph 4,200 2,398 1,158 108 57.1% 84.7% 87.2%
University of California, Riverside -  Trend Graph 2,235 825 495 119 36.9% 59.1% 64.4%
University of California, San Diego -  Trend Graph 3,319 1,654 932 157 49.8% 77.9% 82.6%
University of California, Santa Barbara -  Trend Graph 3,560 1,469 971 237 41.3% 68.5% 75.2%
University of California, Santa Cruz -  Trend Graph 2,309 1,040 461 101 45.0% 65.0% 69.4%
University of California Totals -  Trend Graph 24,780 11,663 6,923 1,140 47.1% 75.0% 79.6%
University of California Average Rate         46.0% 73.6% 78.3%
California State University
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
California Maritime Academy -  Trend Graph 95 30 14 6 31.6% 46.3% 52.6%
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo -  Trend Graph 2,260 367 861 325 16.2% 54.3% 68.7%
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona -  Trend Graph 2,033 191 408 264 9.4% 29.5% 42.4%
California State University, Bakersfield -  Trend Graph 471 54 75 48 11.5% 27.4% 37.6%
California State University, Chico -  Trend Graph 1,850 299 477 168 16.2% 41.9% 51.0%
California State University, Dominguez Hills -  Trend Graph 465 21 88 53 4.5% 23.4% 34.8%
California State University, East Bay -  Trend Graph 732 106 125 66 14.5% 31.6% 40.6%
California State University, Fresno -  Trend Graph 1,566 215 327 176 13.7% 34.6% 45.8%
California State University, Fullerton -  Trend Graph 2,146 274 533 255 12.8% 37.6% 49.5%
California State University, Long Beach -  Trend Graph 2,652 285 625 322 10.7% 34.3% 46.5%
California State University, Los Angeles -  Trend Graph 1,255 103 219 109 8.2% 25.7% 34.3%
California State University, Monterey Bay -  Trend Graph 264 28 55 13 10.6% 31.4% 36.4%
California State University, Northridge -  Trend Graph 2,244 153 400 262 6.8% 24.6% 36.3%
California State University, Sacramento -  Trend Graph 1,467 136 253 193 9.3% 26.5% 39.7%
California State University, San Bernardino -  Trend Graph 1,068 124 194 125 11.6% 29.8% 41.5%
California State University, San Marcos -  Trend Graph 213 23 48 15 10.8% 33.3% 40.4%
California State University, Stanislaus -  Trend Graph 444 84 88 30 18.9% 38.7% 45.5%
Humboldt State University -  Trend Graph 731 71 145 81 9.7% 29.5% 40.6%
San Diego State University -  Trend Graph 3,128 308 810 336 9.8% 35.7% 46.5%
San Francisco State University -  Trend Graph 1,805 134 348 246 7.4% 26.7% 40.3%
San Josť State University -  Trend Graph 1,963 140 351 257 7.1% 25.0% 38.1%
Sonoma State University -  Trend Graph 823 177 182 40 21.5% 43.6% 48.5%
California State University Totals -  Trend Graph 29,675 3,323 6,626 3,390 11.2% 33.5% 45.0%
California State University Average Rate         12.4% 33.3% 43.5%
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 12 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Art Center College of Design -  Trend Graph 37 23 4 0 62.2% 73.0% 73.0%
Azusa Pacific University -  Trend Graph 612 330 44 7 53.9% 61.1% 62.3%
Biola University -  Trend Graph 469 227 60 6 48.4% 61.2% 62.5%
California Baptist University -  Trend Graph 424 227 10 9 53.5% 55.9% 58.0%
California College of the Arts -  Trend Graph 86 16 22 0 18.6% 44.2% 44.2%
California Institute of Technology -  Trend Graph 254 195 20 10 76.8% 84.6% 88.6%
California Institute of the Arts -  Trend Graph 126 76 5 0 60.3% 64.3% 64.3%
California Lutheran University -  Trend Graph 323 185 19 1 57.3% 63.2% 63.5%
Chapman University -  Trend Graph 512 260 61 13 50.8% 62.7% 65.2%
Claremont McKenna College -  Trend Graph 273 222 24 2 81.3% 90.1% 90.8%
Cogswell Polytechnical College -  Trend Graph 30 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Concordia University -  Trend Graph 182 87 6 0 47.8% 51.1% 51.1%
Dominican University of California -  Trend Graph 72 30 4 2 41.7% 47.2% 50.0%
Fresno Pacific University -  Trend Graph 154 100 0 0 64.9% 64.9% 64.9%
Golden Gate University -  Trend Graph 18 0 1 0 0.0% 5.6% 5.6%
Harvey Mudd College -  Trend Graph 199 159 8 2 79.9% 83.9% 84.9%
Holy Names University -  Trend Graph 37 14 6 1 37.8% 54.1% 56.8%
Hope International University -  Trend Graph 102 20 8 1 19.6% 27.5% 28.4%
Humphreys College -  Trend Graph 44 3 2 12 6.8% 11.4% 38.6%
La Sierra University -  Trend Graph 234 34 36 9 14.5% 29.9% 33.8%
Laguna College of Art & Design -  Trend Graph 21 4 6 0 19.0% 47.6% 47.6%
Loyola Marymount University -  Trend Graph 985 606 98 24 61.5% 71.5% 73.9%
Menlo College -  Trend Graph 128 31 7 2 24.2% 29.7% 31.3%
Mills College -  Trend Graph 127 65 15 3 51.2% 63.0% 65.4%
Mount Saint Mary's College -  Trend Graph 145 62 16 6 42.8% 53.8% 57.9%
National University -  Trend Graph 14 10 0 0 71.4% 71.4% 71.4%
Notre Dame de Namur University -  Trend Graph 130 52 15 2 40.0% 51.5% 53.1%
Occidental College -  Trend Graph 378 260 17 6 68.8% 73.3% 74.9%
Otis College of Art and Design -  Trend Graph 101 36 5 2 35.6% 40.6% 42.6%
Pacific Union College -  Trend Graph 252 44 23 4 17.5% 26.6% 28.2%
Patten University -  Trend Graph 10 1 0 0 10.0% 10.0% 10.0%
Pepperdine University -  Trend Graph 664 454 51 7 68.4% 76.1% 77.1%
Pitzer College -  Trend Graph 207 127 18 1 61.4% 70.0% 70.5%
Point Loma Nazarene University -  Trend Graph 598 261 63 7 43.6% 54.2% 55.4%
Pomona College -  Trend Graph 396 321 23 12 81.1% 86.9% 89.9%
Saint Mary's College of California -  Trend Graph 573 352 40 9 61.4% 68.4% 70.0%
Samuel Merritt University -  Trend Graph 11 7 1 0 63.6% 72.7% 72.7%
San Diego Christian College -  Trend Graph 97 44 7 1 45.4% 52.6% 53.6%
San Francisco Conservatory of Music -  Trend Graph 24 16 1 0 66.7% 70.8% 70.8%
Santa Clara University -  Trend Graph 1,032 783 73 17 75.9% 82.9% 84.6%
Scripps College -  Trend Graph 241 167 9 3 69.3% 73.0% 74.3%
Simpson University -  Trend Graph 192 50 25 1 26.0% 39.1% 39.6%
Stanford University -  Trend Graph 1,606 1,268 217 46 79.0% 92.5% 95.3%
The Master's College -  Trend Graph 171 73 24 7 42.7% 56.7% 60.8%
Thomas Aquinas College -  Trend Graph 67 48 1 1 71.6% 73.1% 74.6%
University of La Verne -  Trend Graph 321 106 40 6 33.0% 45.5% 47.4%
University of Redlands -  Trend Graph 431 224 28 6 52.0% 58.5% 59.9%
University of San Diego -  Trend Graph 1,028 610 122 21 59.3% 71.2% 73.2%
University of San Francisco -  Trend Graph 640 296 109 17 46.3% 63.3% 65.9%
University of Southern California -  Trend Graph 2,970 1,820 512 107 61.3% 78.5% 82.1%
University of the Pacific -  Trend Graph 536 244 106 25 45.5% 65.3% 70.0%
Vanguard University of Southern California -  Trend Graph 230 76 16 9 33.0% 40.0% 43.9%
Westmont College -  Trend Graph 401 254 22 4 63.3% 68.8% 69.8%
Whittier College -  Trend Graph 342 171 10 8 50.0% 52.9% 55.3%
William Jessup University -  Trend Graph 17 3 1 1 17.6% 23.5% 29.4%
Woodbury University -  Trend Graph 104 37 13 9 35.6% 48.1% 56.7%
WASC-Accredited Non-public 4-Year Institutions (AICCU Member) Average Rate         46.9% 55.4% 57.6%
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 235 9 43 28 3.8% 22.1% 34.0%
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science -  Trend Graph 30 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
LIFE Pacific College -  Trend Graph 67 21 7 0 31.3% 41.8% 41.8%
National Hispanic University -  Trend Graph 31 1 2 0 3.2% 9.7% 9.7%
San Francisco Art Institute -  Trend Graph 21 15 0 6 71.4% 71.4% 100.0%
Southern California Institute of Architecture -  Trend Graph 25 0 2 7 0.0% 8.0% 36.0%
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 3 0 1 0 0.0% 33.3% 33.3%
Bethesda Christian University -  Trend Graph 18 8 10 0 44.4% 100.0% 100.0%
Brooks Institute -  Trend Graph 11 8 0 0 72.7% 72.7% 72.7%
California Christian College -  Trend Graph 11 0 0 2 0.0% 0.0% 18.2%
Columbia College - Hollywood -  Trend Graph 27 27 0 0 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Design Institute of San Diego -  Trend Graph 5 0 2 2 0.0% 40.0% 80.0%
DeVry University -  Trend Graph 1,185 387 25 15 32.7% 34.8% 36.0%
Epic Bible College -  Trend Graph 7 1 0 0 14.3% 14.3% 14.3%
Newschool of Architecture & Design -  Trend Graph 9 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Northwestern Polytechnic University -  Trend Graph 17 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Shasta Bible College -  Trend Graph 3 2 0 0 66.7% 66.7% 66.7%
Southern California Institute of Technology -  Trend Graph 40 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
University of Phoenix -  Trend Graph 1,478 28 28 23 1.9% 3.8% 5.3%
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad/West Coast Talmudical Seminary -  Trend Graph 29 6 0 0 20.7% 20.7% 20.7%
Institutions Exempt from State Approval
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
Cleveland Chiropractic College -  Trend Graph 13 2 1 0 15.4% 23.1% 23.1%
Southern California Seminary -  Trend Graph 3 2 0 0 66.7% 66.7% 66.7%

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