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Graduation Rates Detail for University of Southern California

Graduation Rates for Students Starting College in 1997

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 2003. 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 1997, 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 310 188 54 19 60.6% 78.1% 84.2%
  Women 362 244 51 13 67.4% 81.5% 85.1%
Asian/Pac Is Totals 672 432 105 32 64.3% 79.9% 84.7%
Black Men 70 22 20 6 31.4% 60.0% 68.6%
  Women 80 42 14 1 52.5% 70.0% 71.3%
Black Totals 150 64 34 7 42.7% 65.3% 70.0%
Latino Men 164 70 42 11 42.7% 68.3% 75.0%
  Women 188 105 37 5 55.9% 75.5% 78.2%
Latino Totals 352 175 79 16 49.7% 72.2% 76.7%
Nat Amer Men 11 5 2 0 45.5% 63.6% 63.6%
  Women 10 6 0 0 60.0% 60.0% 60.0%
Nat Amer Totals 21 11 2 0 52.4% 61.9% 61.9%
White Men 736 417 129 27 56.7% 74.2% 77.9%
  Women 696 495 77 23 71.1% 82.2% 85.5%
White Totals 1,432 912 206 50 63.7% 78.1% 81.6%
NonRes Alien Men 64 32 7 4 50.0% 60.9% 67.2%
  Women 44 30 5 1 68.2% 79.5% 81.8%
NonRes Alien Totals 108 62 12 5 57.4% 68.5% 73.1%
No Response Men 15 9 1 2 60.0% 66.7% 80.0%
  Women 7 5 1 0 71.4% 85.7% 85.7%
No Response Totals 22 14 2 2 63.6% 72.7% 81.8%
Totals Men 1,370 743 255 69 54.2% 72.8% 77.9%
Women 1,387 927 185 43 66.8% 80.2% 83.3%
Grand Totals 2,757 1,670 440 112 60.6% 76.5% 80.6%

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