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Graduation Rates Detail for California State University System

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 UC Merced and CSU 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%.

Use the links in the table to view graphs of the trend over time for each gender or ethnicity. The graphs for the ethnicities show the data for both genders and the total; the graphs for the genders show all specific ethnicities and the total. Data for non-resident alien and no response are not included in the graphs.

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  Completions Completion Rate
Ethnicity Gender Cohort 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year 4-Year 5-Year 6-Year
Asian/Pac Is Men 2,557 113 443 360 4.4% 21.7% 35.8%
  Women 2,986 280 721 436 9.4% 33.5% 48.1%
Asian/Pac Is Totals 5,543 393 1,164 796 7.1% 28.1% 42.4%
Black Men 827 19 64 54 2.3% 10.0% 16.6%
  Women 1,452 60 178 142 4.1% 16.4% 26.2%
Black Totals 2,279 79 242 196 3.5% 14.1% 22.7%
Latino Men 2,725 88 353 306 3.2% 16.2% 27.4%
  Women 4,029 265 820 529 6.6% 26.9% 40.1%
Latino Totals 6,754 353 1,173 835 5.2% 22.6% 35.0%
Nat Amer Men 93 4 18 2 4.3% 23.7% 25.8%
  Women 166 12 35 23 7.2% 28.3% 42.2%
Nat Amer Totals 259 16 53 25 6.2% 26.6% 36.3%
White Men 4,518 358 1,062 553 7.9% 31.4% 43.7%
  Women 5,587 987 1,490 568 17.7% 44.3% 54.5%
White Totals 10,105 1,345 2,552 1,121 13.3% 38.6% 49.7%
NonRes Alien Men 249 26 39 20 10.4% 26.1% 34.1%
  Women 249 35 41 11 14.1% 30.5% 34.9%
NonRes Alien Totals 498 61 80 31 12.2% 28.3% 34.5%
No Response Men 1,146 86 222 135 7.5% 26.9% 38.7%
  Women 1,451 201 333 179 13.9% 36.8% 49.1%
No Response Totals 2,597 287 555 314 11.1% 32.4% 44.5%
Totals Men 12,115 694 2,201 1,430 5.7% 23.9% 35.7%
Women 15,920 1,840 3,618 1,888 11.6% 34.3% 46.1%
Grand Totals 28,035 2,534 5,819 3,318 9.0% 29.8% 41.6%

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