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Graduate Rate 64.83%
Male 63.13%
Female 66.30%
Transfer-Out Rate 7.83%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
75% / 48%

Illinois Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Illinois colleges is 64.83% - 33,243 students out of 51,281 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 15,040 male and 18,203 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
Illinois colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total51,28133,24364.83%
Male23,82415,04063.13%
Female27,45718,20366.30%
[Chart] Illinois Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 25,671 students completed their degree in 4 years and 6,218 finished in 5 years at Illinois colleges. Additional 1,237 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Illinois Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less50.06% 46.36% 53.27%
5 Year62.18% 60.05% 64.04%
6 Year64.60% 62.95% 66.03%
[Chart] Illinois 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 Illinois colleges is 75.21% for full-time students and 48.47% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
Illinois Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 75.21%48.47%
[Chart] Illinois Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Illinois colleges is 7.83%. 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
Illinois Colleges and Universities
Transfer-outTotal StudentsTransfer-Out Rate
Total 4,01351,281 7.83%
Male 1,64623,824 6.91%
Female 2,36727,457 8.62%
[Chart] Illinois Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates