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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.