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Graduation Rates Detail for California State University System

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 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 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%.

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 2,866 169 557 429 5.9% 25.3% 40.3%
  Women 3,241 385 810 454 11.9% 36.9% 50.9%
Asian/Pac Is Totals 6,107 554 1,367 883 9.1% 31.5% 45.9%
Black Men 719 22 76 72 3.1% 13.6% 23.6%
  Women 1,289 79 186 115 6.1% 20.6% 29.5%
Black Totals 2,008 101 262 187 5.0% 18.1% 27.4%
Latino Men 2,579 106 418 279 4.1% 20.3% 31.1%
  Women 4,157 427 901 487 10.3% 31.9% 43.7%
Latino Totals 6,736 533 1,319 766 7.9% 27.5% 38.9%
Nat Amer Men 92 8 10 11 8.7% 19.6% 31.5%
  Women 136 14 21 12 10.3% 25.7% 34.6%
Nat Amer Totals 228 22 31 23 9.6% 23.2% 33.3%
White Men 4,843 451 1,214 612 9.3% 34.4% 47.0%
  Women 6,024 1,201 1,623 529 19.9% 46.9% 55.7%
White Totals 10,867 1,652 2,837 1,141 15.2% 41.3% 51.8%
NonRes Alien Men 258 22 57 24 8.5% 30.6% 39.9%
  Women 272 52 44 22 19.1% 35.3% 43.4%
NonRes Alien Totals 530 74 101 46 14.0% 33.0% 41.7%
No Response Men 1,414 114 289 175 8.1% 28.5% 40.9%
  Women 1,785 273 420 169 15.3% 38.8% 48.3%
No Response Totals 3,199 387 709 344 12.1% 34.3% 45.0%
Totals Men 12,771 892 2,621 1,602 7.0% 27.5% 40.1%
Women 16,904 2,431 4,005 1,788 14.4% 38.1% 48.7%
Grand Totals 29,675 3,323 6,626 3,390 11.2% 33.5% 45.0%

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