Graduate Rate 70.91%
Male 68.01%
Female 73.13%
Transfer-Out Rate 4.84%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
79% / 63%

California Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of California colleges is 70.91% - 97,888 students out of 138,036 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 40,581 male and 57,307 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.The following table summarizes the graduation rate by gender with number of completers.
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, 64,592 students completed their degree in 4 years and 26,276 finished in 5 years at California colleges. Additional 6,864 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
California Colleges
4 Year or Less46.79% 42.15% 50.33%
5 Year65.83% 62.20% 68.59%
6 Year70.80% 67.86% 73.05%
[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 78.80% for full-time students and 62.93% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2022-2023)
California Colleges and Universities
Retention Rate 78.80%62.93%
[Chart] California Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at California colleges is 4.84%. 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 6,681138,036 4.84%
Male 2,68459,671 4.50%
Female 3,99778,365 5.10%
[Chart] California Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates