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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 is 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 within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
California colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total132,73193,19270.21%
Male57,30938,73567.59%
Female75,42254,45772.20%
[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
TotalMaleFemale
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
Full-timePart-time
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