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CU-Boulder freshman graduation rates
By academic preparation at entry, and student race/ethnicity

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  • Graduation & freshman retention rates by residency at entry
  • Graduation & freshman retention rates by gender and ethnicity-citizenship group
  • Main graduation/retention rate page
  • Two-thirds 66% -- of new full-time fall freshmen entering CU-Boulder 1997 through 1999 graduated from CU-Boulder within six years of entry. The 20% of entering students with the strongest academic preparation graduate at a 78% rate; the 5% with the weakest preparation graduate at just under 50%.

    Graduation rates are also related to student race/ethnicity.

    For this analysis academic preparation is measured with high school performance rank and GPA and performance on national standardized tests, the SAT and the ACT. HS performance and test scores are combined in the CCHE admission index. See http://highered.colorado.gov/Publications/Policies/Current/i-partf-index.pdf for definitions of values of the index. Examples:

  • Rank 90th percentile with ACT 30 or 1310-1340: Index = 131
  • GPA 3.0 with ACT 20 or SAT 930-960: 94
  • GPA 3.0 with ACT 25 or SAT 1120-50: 105
  • GPA 3.5 with ACT 21 or SAT 970-1000: 105
  • Six-year graduation rates for students of color and whites are shown in the graph and table below by band of the CCHE admission index for students entering 1997 through 1999 combined. The stronger the preparation, the higher the graduation rate, for both whites and students of color. For students with indices of 113 and over, graduation rates are virtually identical for whites and students of color. In groups with lower academic preparation, student of color graduation rates lag those of whites by 5 to 10 percentage points. We suspect that this pattern reflects different distributions within index bands of academic preparation strength and factors such as financial need.

      Ethnicity/Citizenship  
      White Afr Amer Natv Amer Asian Amer Hispanic/Latino All stu of color All
    Percent graduating in six years (six-year graduation rate)
    Below 93 55% 49% 44% 41% 43% 44% 48%
    93-102 61% 48% 43% 49% 52% 50% 59%
    103-107 64% 61% 58% 66% 55% 60% 64%
    108-112 67% 46% 33% 66% 66% 63% 67%
    113-120 68% 76% 46% 67% 67% 67% 68%
    121+ 78% 84% 58% 77% 81% 78% 78%
    All 68% 54% 48% 62% 58% 59% 66%
    Number entering, 1997, 1998, and 1999 combined
    Below 93 143 86 9 66 96 257 400
    93-102 2,255 64 28 179 214 485 2,740
    103-107 2,173 33 24 128 131 316 2,489
    108-112 2,103 26 12 136 96 270 2,373
    113-120 2,096 17 13 106 103 239 2,335
    121+ 2,372 19 12 155 64 250 2,622
    All 11,182 249 98 773 711 1,831 13,013

    Students with missing academic credentials are not listed; total N omitted 54 over the three entering years.
    White includes unknown and international

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    Last revision 10/22/08


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