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Four-Year Graduation Rate



2.4% change from previous year

The four-year graduation rate is based on the percent of full-time, first-time-in-college (FTIC) students graduating from the same institution within four years. In 2019, the Board of Governors surpassed its 2025 Strategic Plan goal to graduate 50% of students in four years and set a new goal at 65%.

Four-Year Graduation Rate

Graduation rates are one of the key accountability measures that demonstrate how well an institution is serving its students.  While the national standard for measuring on-time graduation is six years, the Board emphasizes the four year rate to reflect its commitment to increase the number of students who complete their degree in a timely manner and enter the workforce.

The latest national four-year graduation rate for public universities is 42.4% (for the 2014-18 cohort, IPEDS).

This metric is also included in the Board’s Performance-Based Funding Model, Accountability Plan and 2025 Strategic Plan. 

Source: State University Database System (SUDS).