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Graduation Rates for Students Starting College in 1999

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 2005. 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 1999, 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 3,637 2,119 929 121 58.3% 83.8% 87.1%
University of California, Davis -  Trend Graph 3,817 1,606 1,250 202 42.1% 74.8% 80.1%
University of California, Irvine -  Trend Graph 3,547 1,500 1,141 195 42.3% 74.5% 80.0%
University of California, Los Angeles -  Trend Graph 4,128 2,339 1,172 96 56.7% 85.1% 87.4%
University of California, Riverside -  Trend Graph 2,652 1,003 615 113 37.8% 61.0% 65.3%
University of California, San Diego -  Trend Graph 3,227 1,734 833 162 53.7% 79.5% 84.6%
University of California, Santa Barbara -  Trend Graph 3,754 1,702 1,003 251 45.3% 72.1% 78.7%
University of California, Santa Cruz -  Trend Graph 2,350 1,141 417 89 48.6% 66.3% 70.1%
University of California Totals -  Trend Graph 27,112 13,144 7,360 1,229 48.5% 75.6% 80.2%
University of California Average Rate         48.1% 74.6% 79.2%
California State University
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
California Maritime Academy -  Trend Graph 131 33 19 13 25.2% 39.7% 49.6%
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo -  Trend Graph 2,673 557 929 353 20.8% 55.6% 68.8%
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona -  Trend Graph 2,489 226 548 369 9.1% 31.1% 45.9%
California State University, Bakersfield -  Trend Graph 517 69 83 42 13.3% 29.4% 37.5%
California State University, Chico -  Trend Graph 2,007 304 547 201 15.1% 42.4% 52.4%
California State University, Dominguez Hills -  Trend Graph 453 26 85 48 5.7% 24.5% 35.1%
California State University, East Bay -  Trend Graph 714 119 130 63 16.7% 34.9% 43.7%
California State University, Fresno -  Trend Graph 1,703 225 324 188 13.2% 32.2% 43.3%
California State University, Fullerton -  Trend Graph 2,544 349 593 285 13.7% 37.0% 48.2%
California State University, Long Beach -  Trend Graph 3,309 361 720 450 10.9% 32.7% 46.3%
California State University, Los Angeles -  Trend Graph 1,186 111 172 95 9.4% 23.9% 31.9%
California State University, Monterey Bay -  Trend Graph 290 29 40 25 10.0% 23.8% 32.4%
California State University, Northridge -  Trend Graph 2,536 220 411 294 8.7% 24.9% 36.5%
California State University, Sacramento -  Trend Graph 1,753 159 338 219 9.1% 28.4% 40.8%
California State University, San Bernardino -  Trend Graph 1,049 105 201 137 10.0% 29.2% 42.2%
California State University, San Marcos -  Trend Graph 336 31 61 26 9.2% 27.4% 35.1%
California State University, Stanislaus -  Trend Graph 470 101 96 46 21.5% 41.9% 51.7%
Humboldt State University -  Trend Graph 751 89 160 88 11.9% 33.2% 44.9%
San Diego State University -  Trend Graph 2,834 394 802 305 13.9% 42.2% 53.0%
San Francisco State University -  Trend Graph 1,898 178 352 234 9.4% 27.9% 40.3%
San Josť State University -  Trend Graph 2,221 158 428 322 7.1% 26.4% 40.9%
Sonoma State University -  Trend Graph 844 161 190 56 19.1% 41.6% 48.2%
California State University Totals -  Trend Graph 32,708 4,005 7,229 3,859 12.2% 34.3% 46.1%
California State University Average Rate         12.9% 33.2% 44.0%
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 16 0 0 69.6% 69.6% 69.6%
Art Center College of Design -  Trend Graph 24 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Azusa Pacific University -  Trend Graph 471 335 65 6 71.1% 84.9% 86.2%
Biola University -  Trend Graph 563 370 18 0 65.7% 68.9% 68.9%
California Baptist University -  Trend Graph 222 102 19 4 45.9% 54.5% 56.3%
California College of the Arts -  Trend Graph 98 22 22 7 22.4% 44.9% 52.0%
California Institute of Technology -  Trend Graph 234 195 13 3 83.3% 88.9% 90.2%
California Institute of the Arts -  Trend Graph 146 59 14 0 40.4% 50.0% 50.0%
California Lutheran University -  Trend Graph 324 180 36 0 55.6% 66.7% 66.7%
Chapman University -  Trend Graph 545 287 56 15 52.7% 62.9% 65.7%
Claremont McKenna College -  Trend Graph 249 205 12 1 82.3% 87.1% 87.6%
Cogswell Polytechnical College -  Trend Graph 16 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Concordia University -  Trend Graph 189 96 9 2 50.8% 55.6% 56.6%
Dominican University of California -  Trend Graph 111 50 8 6 45.0% 52.3% 57.7%
Fresno Pacific University -  Trend Graph 162 70 18 4 43.2% 54.3% 56.8%
Golden Gate University -  Trend Graph 11 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Harvey Mudd College -  Trend Graph 170 134 14 1 78.8% 87.1% 87.6%
Holy Names University -  Trend Graph 40 9 2 0 22.5% 27.5% 27.5%
Hope International University -  Trend Graph 111 26 15 2 23.4% 36.9% 38.7%
Humphreys College -  Trend Graph 114 33 76 0 28.9% 95.6% 95.6%
La Sierra University -  Trend Graph 198 44 26 5 22.2% 35.4% 37.9%
Laguna College of Art & Design -  Trend Graph 33 14 3 0 42.4% 51.5% 51.5%
Loyola Marymount University -  Trend Graph 1,017 640 106 27 62.9% 73.4% 76.0%
Menlo College -  Trend Graph 102 17 9 0 16.7% 25.5% 25.5%
Mills College -  Trend Graph 121 71 8 3 58.7% 65.3% 67.8%
Mount Saint Mary's College -  Trend Graph 134 57 15 2 42.5% 53.7% 55.2%
National University -  Trend Graph 15 7 0 0 46.7% 46.7% 46.7%
Notre Dame de Namur University -  Trend Graph 129 50 13 5 38.8% 48.8% 52.7%
Occidental College -  Trend Graph 410 321 11 11 78.3% 81.0% 83.7%
Otis College of Art and Design -  Trend Graph 120 43 14 0 35.8% 47.5% 47.5%
Pacific Union College -  Trend Graph 273 27 25 11 9.9% 19.0% 23.1%
Patten University -  Trend Graph 22 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pepperdine University -  Trend Graph 550 389 46 4 70.7% 79.1% 79.8%
Pitzer College -  Trend Graph 246 152 20 0 61.8% 69.9% 69.9%
Point Loma Nazarene University -  Trend Graph 613 332 77 9 54.2% 66.7% 68.2%
Pomona College -  Trend Graph 390 338 26 5 86.7% 93.3% 94.6%
Saint Mary's College of California -  Trend Graph 629 369 42 17 58.7% 65.3% 68.0%
Samuel Merritt University -  Trend Graph 16 11 0 0 68.8% 68.8% 68.8%
San Diego Christian College -  Trend Graph 93 33 12 3 35.5% 48.4% 51.6%
San Francisco Conservatory of Music -  Trend Graph 21 13 1 1 61.9% 66.7% 71.4%
Santa Clara University -  Trend Graph 1,101 854 60 16 77.6% 83.0% 84.5%
Scripps College -  Trend Graph 212 0 0 178 0.0% 0.0% 84.0%
Simpson University -  Trend Graph 181 63 21 0 34.8% 46.4% 46.4%
Stanford University -  Trend Graph 1,749 1,330 248 66 76.0% 90.2% 94.0%
The Master's College -  Trend Graph 178 94 17 3 52.8% 62.4% 64.0%
Thomas Aquinas College -  Trend Graph 62 50 0 1 80.6% 80.6% 82.3%
University of La Verne -  Trend Graph 319 123 36 8 38.6% 49.8% 52.4%
University of Redlands -  Trend Graph 471 270 33 4 57.3% 64.3% 65.2%
University of San Diego -  Trend Graph 990 611 100 10 61.7% 71.8% 72.8%
University of San Francisco -  Trend Graph 757 379 103 22 50.1% 63.7% 66.6%
University of Southern California -  Trend Graph 2,822 1,728 508 101 61.2% 79.2% 82.8%
University of the Pacific -  Trend Graph 624 267 102 38 42.8% 59.1% 65.2%
Vanguard University of Southern California -  Trend Graph 267 87 27 5 32.6% 42.7% 44.6%
Westmont College -  Trend Graph 316 212 11 5 67.1% 70.6% 72.2%
Whittier College -  Trend Graph 376 185 24 5 49.2% 55.6% 56.9%
William Jessup University -  Trend Graph 12 1 1 0 8.3% 16.7% 16.7%
Woodbury University -  Trend Graph 134 31 32 6 23.1% 47.0% 51.5%
WASC-Accredited Non-public 4-Year Institutions (AICCU Member) Average Rate         46.5% 55.7% 58.9%
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 328 7 73 17 2.1% 24.4% 29.6%
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science -  Trend Graph 67 67 0 0 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
LIFE Pacific College -  Trend Graph 72 11 3 7 15.3% 19.4% 29.2%
National Hispanic University -  Trend Graph 56 11 3 0 19.6% 25.0% 25.0%
San Francisco Art Institute -  Trend Graph 37 9 3 0 24.3% 32.4% 32.4%
Southern California Institute of Architecture -  Trend Graph 15 4 0 1 26.7% 26.7% 33.3%
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 18 5 3 1 27.8% 44.4% 50.0%
Bethesda Christian University -  Trend Graph 16 0 16 0 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Brooks Institute -  Trend Graph 130 80 0 1 61.5% 61.5% 62.3%
California Christian College -  Trend Graph 6 0 3 0 0.0% 50.0% 50.0%
Columbia College - Hollywood -  Trend Graph 19 4 3 0 21.1% 36.8% 36.8%
Design Institute of San Diego -  Trend Graph 18 0 0 13 0.0% 0.0% 72.2%
DeVry University -  Trend Graph 1,197 416 27 15 34.8% 37.0% 38.3%
Epic Bible College -  Trend Graph 7 0 0 3 0.0% 0.0% 42.9%
Musicians Institute -  Trend Graph 292 0 0 7 0.0% 0.0% 2.4%
Newschool of Architecture & Design -  Trend Graph 11 0 0 2 0.0% 0.0% 18.2%
Northwestern Polytechnic University -  Trend Graph 12 0 0 0 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Shasta Bible College -  Trend Graph 9 4 0 0 44.4% 44.4% 44.4%
Southern California Institute of Technology -  Trend Graph 134 68 0 0 50.7% 50.7% 50.7%
University of Phoenix -  Trend Graph 1,429 21 35 3 1.5% 3.9% 4.1%
World Mission University -  Trend Graph 5 1 0 0 20.0% 20.0% 20.0%
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad/West Coast Talmudical Seminary -  Trend Graph 32 8 0 0 25.0% 25.0% 25.0%
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 9 1 0 0 11.1% 11.1% 11.1%
Lincoln University -  Trend Graph 18 11 0 0 61.1% 61.1% 61.1%
Southern California Seminary -  Trend Graph 1 1 0 0 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

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