Each January, CU Boulder participates in the AAU Data Exchange Undergraduate Time to Degree (TTD) Survey


66% of the 4,603 FY 2016 bachelor’s recipients who entered CU-Boulder as freshmen took 4 years or fewer to graduate, a 3 percentage point increase from FY 2016, and a new all-time high.  This is the 7th year of the last 8 to show an increase. 

The median time to degree for the FY2017 degree cohort was 3.7 years, equivalent to the 4th spring after fall entry. The average time to degree was 4.2 years.  The average is longer than the median because a few students take a very long time, which affects the average but not the median.  For example, 15 students earning degrees in FY 2017 entered as freshmen before 2000.

By Residency

The percentage of Colorado resident degree recipients graduating in 4 years or less was 66%, a 5-point increase from the previous FY, and a record high by 4 percentage points.   The percentage of non-resident degree recipients graduating in 4 years or less was 67%, also an all-time high.  

By Gender

Females degree recipients graduating in 4 years or less reached an all-time high at 75%, exceeding last year’s previous record of 72%.  Males, at 57%, also reached a record high.

Students of Color

The percentage of students of color graduating in 4 years or less was 63%, a record high, exceeding the previous record of 60%.

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)

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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.

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  • 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)