Here you will find graduation rate information about our full-time freshmen that entered during the summer or fall semesters and are taking 12+ hours at the end of the fall term.

Fall 2017 Highlights

Overall

The overall 6-year graduation rate was 69% for full-time freshmen entering in 2011, the most recent class to have had a full 6 years to graduate.  This represents a decline of 1 percentage point from last year, the second straight year of decline.  This is the first cohort since 2006 to be below 70%. 

By Residency

The 6-year graduation rate for Colorado residents also dropped, by 2 percentage points from the previous cohort’s, to 72%.  The rate for non-residents held steady at 65%, one percentage point lower than the all-time high of 66% achieved by the 2009 entry cohort.

By Gender

The graduation rate for female students dropped 4 points from last year, to 70%, the lowest rate since the 2003 cohort.  Males graduated at a 67% rate, an increase of 1 percentage point from last year, and 2 points off the record high of 69% achieved by the 2009 cohort.

Students of Color

The 6-year graduation rate for students of color in the entering class of 2011 was 62%, a 4-point drop from last year’s 6-year cohort, and the lowest since the 2006.  The gap between students of color and white students was 8 percentage points. The gap was routinely in double digits prior to 2000 but has declined significantly in recent years, with last year’s gap of 5 points the smallest ever.  

Pell Grant recipients

The 6-year graduation rate for recipients of federal Pell Grants (a proxy for lower income students) entering in 2011 was 62%, a drop of 1 point from the previous cohort, which set the all-time high.

The 4-year graduation rate for the class entering in 2013 was 46%, 1 point lower than the all-time high, last achieved by the previous year’s cohort. Colorado residents, however, graduated at a rate of 49%, equaling the all-time high.  Non-residents graduated at a 43% rate, 4 points lower than last year’s cohort and the lowest since 2007.  The 4-year rate for students of color was 39%, 3 points lower than last year’s all-time high, but still equal to the third-highest rate ever.

The one-year retention rate for freshmen entering in 2016 was 88%, a new all-time high for the second consecutive year, following last year’s 87% rate. It was between 83-85% every year from 2001-13, so this continues to represent real progress in the campus’s efforts to achieve an 80% overall grad rate.  Residents set a new high at 90%, while non-residents equaled the previous high of 85%.  Students of color also set a new high, at 86%.

The two-year retention rate for freshmen entering in 2015 also set an all-time high, at 85%. Non-residents set a new high at 77%, while residents equaled their prior high of 83%.  Students of color also set a new high, at 79%.

Taken together, the one-year and two-year rates for the cohorts of 2016 and 2015, respectively, augur well for their cohorts’ graduation rates in a few years, so despite this year’s grad rate drop for the cohort of 2011, the future looks promising for UCB’s graduation rates.

Detailed Reports and Data

Retention and Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates