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Graduate Rate 65.18%
Male 62.55%
Female 67.39%
Transfer-Out Rate 7.81%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
75% / 48%

Illinois Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Illinois colleges is 65.18% - 33,114 students out of 50,805 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 14,511 male and 18,603 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
Illinois colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total50,80533,11465.18%
Male23,19914,51162.55%
Female27,60618,60367.39%
[Chart] Illinois Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 25,865 students completed their degree in 4 years and 5,988 finished in 5 years at Illinois colleges. Additional 1,173 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Illinois Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less50.91% 46.23% 54.85%
5 Year62.70% 59.68% 65.23%
6 Year65.01% 62.39% 67.21%
[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 75.38% for full-time students and 48.47% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
Illinois Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 75.38%48.47%
[Chart] Illinois Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Illinois colleges is 7.81%. 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 3,97050,805 7.81%
Male 1,63723,199 7.06%
Female 2,33327,606 8.45%
[Chart] Illinois Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates