Graduate Rate 64.83%
Male 62.70%
Female 66.65%
Transfer-Out Rate 7.65%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
73% / 42%

Illinois Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Illinois colleges is 64.83% - 32,200 students out of 49,672 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 14,369 male and 17,831 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
Illinois colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
[Chart] Illinois Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 25,095 students completed their degree in 4 years and 5,728 finished in 5 years at Illinois colleges. Additional 1,233 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Illinois Colleges
4 Year or Less50.52% 46.82% 53.69%
5 Year62.05% 59.69% 64.08%
6 Year64.54% 62.48% 66.29%
[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 73.38% for full-time students and 41.50% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2022-2023)
Illinois Colleges and Universities
Retention Rate 73.38%41.50%
[Chart] Illinois Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Illinois colleges is 7.65%. 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 3,79849,672 7.65%
Male 1,50322,918 6.56%
Female 2,29526,754 8.58%
[Chart] Illinois Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates