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Graduation Rates Detail for University of Southern California

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 330 164 65 20 49.7% 69.4% 75.5%
  Women 389 246 49 17 63.2% 75.8% 80.2%
Asian/Pac Is Totals 719 410 114 37 57.0% 72.9% 78.0%
Black Men 61 23 12 4 37.7% 57.4% 63.9%
  Women 93 55 17 3 59.1% 77.4% 80.6%
Black Totals 154 78 29 7 50.6% 69.5% 74.0%
Latino Men 219 93 38 13 42.5% 59.8% 65.8%
  Women 182 98 36 6 53.8% 73.6% 76.9%
Latino Totals 401 191 74 19 47.6% 66.1% 70.8%
Nat Amer Men 11 5 3 0 45.5% 72.7% 72.7%
  Women 11 7 1 1 63.6% 72.7% 81.8%
Nat Amer Totals 22 12 4 1 54.5% 72.7% 77.3%
White Men 744 413 118 29 55.5% 71.4% 75.3%
  Women 602 400 62 21 66.4% 76.7% 80.2%
White Totals 1,346 813 180 50 60.4% 73.8% 77.5%
NonRes Alien Men 62 30 9 4 48.4% 62.9% 69.4%
  Women 62 37 11 2 59.7% 77.4% 80.6%
NonRes Alien Totals 124 67 20 6 54.0% 70.2% 75.0%
No Response Men 16 7 3 0 43.8% 62.5% 62.5%
  Women 19 12 0 2 63.2% 63.2% 73.7%
No Response Totals 35 19 3 2 54.3% 62.9% 68.6%
Totals Men 1,443 735 248 70 50.9% 68.1% 73.0%
Women 1,358 855 176 52 63.0% 75.9% 79.7%
Grand Totals 2,801 1,590 424 122 56.8% 71.9% 76.3%

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