Graduation rate calculations start with a cohort of entering freshmen and follows them forward in time, asking what percent earned degrees in a given time period. This information is updated mid-fall semester.

Fall 2018 Highlights

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Student Success Profile (PDF)


The overall 6-year graduation rate was 71% for full-time freshmen entering in 2012, the most recent class to have had a full six years to graduate. This represents an increase of two percentage points over last year, and is the second highest rate since tracking began in 1980.

By Residency

The 6-year graduation rate for Colorado residents also increased, to 73%. Although this was one percentage point higher than last year’s rate, it was still considerably below the peak of 76% achieved by the entry class of 2009.  

By Gender

The graduation rate for female students dropped four points from last year, to 70%, the lowest rate since the 2003 cohort. Males graduated at a 67% rate, an increase of one percentage point from last year, and two points off the record high of 69% achieved by the 2009 cohort.

Racial/Ethnic Diversity

The 6-year graduation rate for racially/ethnically diverse students in the entering class of 2012 was 66%, a four-point increase from last year’s 6-year cohort, and the second highest on record. The gap between racially/ethnically diverse students and white students was six percentage points, a decline from last year. 

Pell Grant recipients

The 6-year graduation rate for recipients of federal Pell Grants (a proxy for lower income students) entering in 2012 was 59%, a drop of three points from the previous cohort, and the lowest since 2004. This percentage has gone up and down over the years – only two years ago the 63% mark was the second highest on record.


The 4-year graduation rate for the class entering in 2014 was 50%, an all-time high and four percentage points above last year. Colorado residents, moreover, graduated at a rate of 52%, also an all-time high.

By Residency

Non-residents equaled their previous high of 47% set by the 2012 entry cohort.

Racial/Ethnic Diversity

The 4-year rate for racially/ethnically diverse students was 42%, three points above last year’s rate and equal to the all-time high set two years ago.

One-year retention rates

The one-year retention rate for freshmen entering in 2017 was 88%, equaling the all-time high set last year. This rate has been 86% or higher for four consecutive years, after being between 83-85% for 14 consecutive years before that, so this continues to represent real progress in the campus’s efforts to achieve an 80% overall grad rate. Residents equaled the previous high of 90% first set last year, while non-residents equaled their all-time high of 85% for the third consecutive year. Racially/ethnically diverse students also set a new high, at 87%.

Two-year retention rates

The two-year retention rate for freshmen entering in 2016 also set an all-time high, at 81%. Both non-residents and residents set new highs, non-residents at 78%, residents at 84%. Racially/ethnically diverse students equaled their previous high set last year, at 79%.

Looking forward

Taken together, the one-year and two-year rates for the cohorts of 2016 and 2015, respectively, bode well for their cohorts’ graduation rates in a few years.

Detailed Reports and Data

Retention and Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates