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CU-Boulder Undergraduate Time to Degree


Background
Each January, CU-Boulder participates in the AAU Data Exchange Undergraduate Time to Degree Survey.

CU-Boulder FY 2015 Highlights
  • 4,488 bachelor's degrees were earned by 4,210 individual students entering as new freshman
  • With over 1,900 students, the single most common pattern is -- entry fall 2011, degree awarded spring 2015.
  • The median elapsed time from entry to degree is 3.7 years
  • 64% earned their degrees in four years or less.
  • The average elapsed time from entry to degree is 4.3 years

CU-Boulder Data (Updated September 2015) (Excel)
Data is available by college and major over-time since 2002. Further group categories are provided below.

  • Residency
  • Citizenship
  • Minority
  • First generation
  • Veteran
  • Entry college/major
  • ACO (alternate college option)
  • Summer enrollment
  • Study abroad
  • Honors
  • GPA below 2.0
  • PGPA (Predictive GPA)

Peer Comparison Data (Updated March 2015) (Excel)
Mean time to degree only; AAUDE Survey does not collect median time to degree. Includes AAU public peers who have submitted data for the AAUDE Survey in at least four of the last five years by all degree, multiple degrees/major and more.

Methodology

  • TTD is retroactive, showing both median and average elapsed time. See below for both.
  • The primary measure is TTD in years for degrees received in a fiscal year (FY 2007 = summer 2006, fall 2006 and spring 2007).
  • Time is measured in elapsed time, not enrolled time.
  • Population of students: Bachelor's degree recipients who entered CU-Boulder in the summer/fall as first-time, full-time freshman (full time = 12+ hours, counted at end of the fall term)
  • For all calculations: One elapsed term = 1/3 of year.
  • Examples:
    • Begin fall YYYY and finished spring YYYY + 4 = 11 elapsed terms (3.67 years).
    • Begin fall YYYY and finished summer YYYY + 4 = 12 elapsed terms (4.0 years)
    • Begin fall YYYY and finished fall YYYY + 4 = 13 elapsed terms (4.33 years)

Last revision 05/02/16


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