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 2019 Highlights

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The overall 6-year graduation rate was 69% for full-time freshmen entering in 2013, the most recent class to have had a full 6 years to graduate.  This represents a decrease of 2 percentage points from last year.

By Residency

The 6-year graduation rate for Colorado residents held steady at 73%. It was still considerably below the peak of 76% achieved by the entry class of 2009.  

The rate for non-residents was 64%, a decline of four percentage points from last year’s all-time high.  

By Gender

The 6-year graduation rate for female students was 74%, the same as last year and tied for the second-highest on record.  Males graduated at a 65% rate, a decrease of 3 percentage points from last year, and the lowest since the 2002 cohort.

Racial/Ethnic Diversity

The 6-year graduation rate for students of color in the entering class of 2013 was 65%, a 1-point drop from last year’s 6-year cohort, which was the second highest on record.  The gap between students of color and white students was 5 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 2013 was 61%, an increase of 2 points from the previous cohort. 

First-Generation Students

The 6-year graduation rate for first-generation college students in the 2013 cohort was 57%, a 5-point decrease from the prior cohort and the lowest rate since 2000.


The 4-year graduation rate for the class entering in 2015 was 53%, an all-time high for the second consecutive year and 3 percentage points above last year. 

By Residency

Both Colorado residents (54%) and non-residents (51%) set all-time highs for 4-year graduation rates.  

Racial/Ethnic Diversity

The 4-year rate for students of color was 46%, an all-time high and 4 points above last year’s rate, which had been equal to the previous high.

Pell Grant Recipients & First-Generation Students

The 4-year rate for Pell recipients and first-generation students also reached all-time highs, at 43% and 44% respectively. The rate for Pell students was 4 points higher than last year, for first-generation students 2 points higher. 

One-Year Retention Rates

The one-year retention rate for freshmen entering in 2018 was 87%, one percentage point below last year’s rate, which had been an all-time high. This rate has been 86% or higher for 5 consecutive years, after being between 83-85% for 14 consecutive years before that.

Residents equaled the all-time high of 90% for the third consecutive year, while non-residents dropped one point from last year’s all-time high, to 84%.  

Students of color dropped 2 points from the all-time high set last year, to 85%.

Pell recipients (83%) and first-generation students (82%) dropped 1 and 2 points, respectively, from last year.

Two-Year retention rates

The two-year retention rate for freshmen entering in 2017 equaled the all-time high, at 81%. Residents set a new high at 85%, while non-residents dropped a point from last year’s all-time high, at 77%.  

Students of color set a new high of 81%, two points above last year’s previous high.

The two-year retention rates of first-generation students and Pell recipients also set new all-time highs, at 76% and 78%, respectively. 


Looking forward

Taken together, the one-year and two-year rates for the cohorts of 2018 and 2017, respectively, bode well for their cohorts’ graduation rates in the future.

Detailed Reports and Data

Retention and Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates