Graduate Rate 70.21%
Male 67.59%
Female 72.20%
Transfer-Out Rate 4.53%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
78% / 59%

California Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of California colleges iss 70.21% - 93,192 students out of 132,731 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 38,735 male and 54,457 female students have graduated last year completing their studies in the period.
Graduation Rate By Gender
California colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
[Chart] California Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 57,974 students completed their degree in 4 years and 27,250 finished in 5 years at California colleges. Additional 7,872 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
California Colleges
4 Year or Less43.68% 39.27% 47.03%
5 Year64.21% 60.81% 66.79%
6 Year70.14% 67.53% 72.12%
[Chart] California Colleges and Universities BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

Retention Rate

By definition, retention rate is the percentage of students who return to a college for their sophomore year. The average retention rate of California colleges is 78.04% for full-time students and 59.88% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
California Colleges and Universities
Retention Rate 78.04%59.88%
[Chart] California Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at California colleges is 4.53%. The transfer-out rate is calculated by dividing students who have transferred out of other institution into total number of students (candidates) within 150% normal time.
Transfer-Out Rates
California Colleges and Universities
Transfer-outTotal StudentsTransfer-Out Rate
Total 6,016132,731 4.53%
Male 2,51257,309 4.38%
Female 3,50475,422 4.65%
[Chart] California Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates