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Graduate Rate 70.44%
Male 67.02%
Female 73.06%
Transfer-Out Rate 4.44%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
77% / 62%

California Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of California colleges is 70.44% - 96,659 students out of 137,226 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 39,933 male and 56,726 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
California colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total137,22696,65970.44%
Male59,58839,93367.02%
Female77,63856,72673.06%
[Chart] California Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 62,503 students completed their degree in 4 years and 26,460 finished in 5 years at California colleges. Additional 7,528 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
California Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less45.55% 40.59% 49.35%
5 Year64.83% 60.72% 67.98%
6 Year70.32% 66.88% 72.95%
[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 77.62% for full-time students and 61.34% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2021-2022)
California Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 77.62%61.34%
[Chart] California Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at California colleges is 4.44%. 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 6,099137,226 4.44%
Male 2,54659,588 4.27%
Female 3,55377,638 4.58%
[Chart] California Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates