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Graduation Rates for Students Starting College in 2000

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 2006. 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 2000, 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 3,746 2,294 814 222 61.2% 83.0% 88.9%
University of California, Davis -  Trend Graph 4,319 1,843 1,436 214 42.7% 75.9% 80.9%
University of California, Irvine -  Trend Graph 3,619 1,853 939 80 51.2% 77.1% 79.4%
University of California, Los Angeles -  Trend Graph 4,195 2,489 1,154 105 59.3% 86.8% 89.3%
University of California, Riverside -  Trend Graph 3,051 1,118 673 150 36.6% 58.7% 63.6%
University of California, San Diego -  Trend Graph 3,122 1,657 874 150 53.1% 81.1% 85.9%
University of California, Santa Barbara -  Trend Graph 3,398 1,597 866 203 47.0% 72.5% 78.5%
University of California, Santa Cruz -  Trend Graph 2,869 1,369 513 116 47.7% 65.6% 69.6%
University of California Totals -  Trend Graph 28,319 14,220 7,269 1,240 50.2% 75.9% 80.3%
University of California Average Rate         49.9% 75.1% 79.5%
California State University
Institution Name Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
California Maritime Academy -  Trend Graph 99 43 7 3 43.4% 50.5% 53.5%
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo -  Trend Graph 3,053 607 1,037 399 19.9% 53.8% 66.9%
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona -  Trend Graph 2,600 265 617 374 10.2% 33.9% 48.3%
California State University, Bakersfield -  Trend Graph 545 77 96 53 14.1% 31.7% 41.5%
California State University, Chico -  Trend Graph 1,931 336 518 180 17.4% 44.2% 53.5%
California State University, Dominguez Hills -  Trend Graph 495 31 78 54 6.3% 22.0% 32.9%
California State University, East Bay -  Trend Graph 669 109 125 55 16.3% 35.0% 43.2%
California State University, Fresno -  Trend Graph 1,885 227 422 209 12.0% 34.4% 45.5%
California State University, Fullerton -  Trend Graph 2,655 381 607 315 14.4% 37.2% 49.1%
California State University, Long Beach -  Trend Graph 3,214 375 759 402 11.7% 35.3% 47.8%
California State University, Los Angeles -  Trend Graph 1,184 126 186 100 10.6% 26.4% 34.8%
California State University, Monterey Bay -  Trend Graph 436 42 84 29 9.6% 28.9% 35.6%
California State University, Northridge -  Trend Graph 2,740 252 494 351 9.2% 27.2% 40.0%
California State University, Sacramento -  Trend Graph 2,055 178 391 296 8.7% 27.7% 42.1%
California State University, San Bernardino -  Trend Graph 1,146 142 241 125 12.4% 33.4% 44.3%
California State University, San Marcos -  Trend Graph 381 29 80 35 7.6% 28.6% 37.8%
California State University, Stanislaus -  Trend Graph 565 113 112 58 20.0% 39.8% 50.1%
Humboldt State University -  Trend Graph 769 94 159 87 12.2% 32.9% 44.2%
San Diego State University -  Trend Graph 2,719 472 825 289 17.4% 47.7% 58.3%
San Francisco State University -  Trend Graph 1,870 205 355 233 11.0% 29.9% 42.4%
San Josť State University -  Trend Graph 2,380 160 472 353 6.7% 26.6% 41.4%
Sonoma State University -  Trend Graph 1,064 236 232 73 22.2% 44.0% 50.8%
California State University Totals -  Trend Graph 34,455 4,500 7,897 4,073 13.1% 36.0% 47.8%
California State University Average Rate         14.2% 35.1% 45.6%
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 16 9 1 0 56.3% 62.5% 62.5%
Art Center College of Design -  Trend Graph 30 22 2 0 73.3% 80.0% 80.0%
Azusa Pacific University -  Trend Graph 750 349 59 9 46.5% 54.4% 55.6%
Biola University -  Trend Graph 608 326 65 15 53.6% 64.3% 66.8%
California Baptist University -  Trend Graph 184 87 13 5 47.3% 54.3% 57.1%
California College of the Arts -  Trend Graph 129 29 44 5 22.5% 56.6% 60.5%
California Institute of Technology -  Trend Graph 205 166 14 2 81.0% 87.8% 88.8%
California Institute of the Arts -  Trend Graph 112 50 18 0 44.6% 60.7% 60.7%
California Lutheran University -  Trend Graph 364 208 19 5 57.1% 62.4% 63.7%
Chapman University -  Trend Graph 626 297 83 24 47.4% 60.7% 64.5%
Claremont McKenna College -  Trend Graph 261 212 16 1 81.2% 87.4% 87.7%
Cogswell Polytechnical College -  Trend Graph 35 9 6 1 25.7% 42.9% 45.7%
Concordia University -  Trend Graph 308 150 28 3 48.7% 57.8% 58.8%
Dominican University of California -  Trend Graph 113 48 11 1 42.5% 52.2% 53.1%
Fresno Pacific University -  Trend Graph 160 79 22 0 49.4% 63.1% 63.1%
Golden Gate University -  Trend Graph 6 0 3 0 0.0% 50.0% 50.0%
Harvey Mudd College -  Trend Graph 190 148 10 3 77.9% 83.2% 84.7%
Holy Names University -  Trend Graph 53 21 1 2 39.6% 41.5% 45.3%
Hope International University -  Trend Graph 90 26 12 1 28.9% 42.2% 43.3%
Humphreys College -  Trend Graph 121 24 15 13 19.8% 32.2% 43.0%
La Sierra University -  Trend Graph 288 55 41 13 19.1% 33.3% 37.8%
Laguna College of Art & Design -  Trend Graph 60 24 8 2 40.0% 53.3% 56.7%
Loyola Marymount University -  Trend Graph 1,203 711 152 38 59.1% 71.7% 74.9%
Menlo College -  Trend Graph 105 16 17 0 15.2% 31.4% 31.4%
Mills College -  Trend Graph 113 67 8 2 59.3% 66.4% 68.1%
Mount Saint Mary's College -  Trend Graph 120 67 9 3 55.8% 63.3% 65.8%
National University -  Trend Graph 48 5 22 1 10.4% 56.3% 58.3%
Notre Dame de Namur University -  Trend Graph 137 54 10 4 39.4% 46.7% 49.6%
Occidental College -  Trend Graph 496 374 25 6 75.4% 80.4% 81.7%
Otis College of Art and Design -  Trend Graph 133 45 13 2 33.8% 43.6% 45.1%
Pacific Union College -  Trend Graph 141 34 14 3 24.1% 34.0% 36.2%
Patten University -  Trend Graph 32 3 0 0 9.4% 9.4% 9.4%
Pepperdine University -  Trend Graph 663 469 50 7 70.7% 78.3% 79.3%
Pitzer College -  Trend Graph 217 147 15 2 67.7% 74.7% 75.6%
Point Loma Nazarene University -  Trend Graph 539 274 70 12 50.8% 63.8% 66.0%
Pomona College -  Trend Graph 398 346 21 5 86.9% 92.2% 93.5%
Saint Mary's College of California -  Trend Graph 620 368 29 14 59.4% 64.0% 66.3%
Samuel Merritt University -  Trend Graph 6 4 0 0 66.7% 66.7% 66.7%
San Diego Christian College -  Trend Graph 127 7 1 57 5.5% 6.3% 51.2%
San Francisco Conservatory of Music -  Trend Graph 21 15 0 0 71.4% 71.4% 71.4%
Santa Clara University -  Trend Graph 1,025 814 65 7 79.4% 85.8% 86.4%
Scripps College -  Trend Graph 198 0 0 143 0.0% 0.0% 72.2%
Simpson University -  Trend Graph 172 72 13 1 41.9% 49.4% 50.0%
Stanford University -  Trend Graph 1,598 1,222 256 43 76.5% 92.5% 95.2%
The Master's College -  Trend Graph 202 91 26 5 45.0% 57.9% 60.4%
Thomas Aquinas College -  Trend Graph 72 59 2 2 81.9% 84.7% 87.5%
University of La Verne -  Trend Graph 284 92 41 11 32.4% 46.8% 50.7%
University of Redlands -  Trend Graph 482 260 26 30 53.9% 59.3% 65.6%
University of San Diego -  Trend Graph 1,024 656 107 8 64.1% 74.5% 75.3%
University of San Francisco -  Trend Graph 757 363 114 15 48.0% 63.0% 65.0%
University of Southern California -  Trend Graph 2,909 1,888 470 87 64.9% 81.1% 84.0%
University of the Pacific -  Trend Graph 618 280 107 36 45.3% 62.6% 68.4%
Vanguard University of Southern California -  Trend Graph 261 98 24 9 37.5% 46.7% 50.2%
Westmont College -  Trend Graph 377 269 16 6 71.4% 75.6% 77.2%
Whittier College -  Trend Graph 316 173 19 4 54.7% 60.8% 62.0%
William Jessup University -  Trend Graph 25 6 2 0 24.0% 32.0% 32.0%
Woodbury University -  Trend Graph 137 46 20 4 33.6% 48.2% 51.1%
WASC-Accredited Non-public 4-Year Institutions (AICCU Member) Average Rate         47.7% 58.3% 62.3%
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 296 15 64 35 5.1% 26.7% 38.5%
LIFE Pacific College -  Trend Graph 54 8 11 3 14.8% 35.2% 40.7%
National Hispanic University -  Trend Graph 29 0 1 1 0.0% 3.4% 6.9%
San Francisco Art Institute -  Trend Graph 33 9 3 1 27.3% 36.4% 39.4%
Southern California Institute of Architecture -  Trend Graph 17 0 12 0 0.0% 70.6% 70.6%
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 41 15 1 1 36.6% 39.0% 41.5%
Bethesda Christian University -  Trend Graph 14 0 14 0 0.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Brooks Institute -  Trend Graph 89 34 0 0 38.2% 38.2% 38.2%
Design Institute of San Diego -  Trend Graph 16 0 3 10 0.0% 18.8% 81.3%
DeVry University -  Trend Graph 2,058 834 25 10 40.5% 41.7% 42.2%
Musicians Institute -  Trend Graph 4 1 0 0 25.0% 25.0% 25.0%
Newschool of Architecture & Design -  Trend Graph 9 0 1 2 0.0% 11.1% 33.3%
Shasta Bible College -  Trend Graph 4 0 1 1 0.0% 25.0% 50.0%
Southern California Institute of Technology -  Trend Graph 109 55 0 0 50.5% 50.5% 50.5%
University of Phoenix -  Trend Graph 3,067 30 88 37 1.0% 3.8% 5.1%
University of West Los Angeles -  Trend Graph 423 226 24 6 53.4% 59.1% 60.5%
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad/West Coast Talmudical Seminary -  Trend Graph 30 6 0 0 20.0% 20.0% 20.0%
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 2 2 0 0 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Southern California Seminary -  Trend Graph 2 1 0 1 50.0% 50.0% 100.0%

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