Graduate Rate 68.38%
Male 64.02%
Female 72.76%
Transfer-Out Rate 14.93%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
73% / 53%

Iowa Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Iowa colleges is 68.38% - 13,917 students out of 20,352 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 6,525 male and 7,392 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
Iowa colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
[Chart] Iowa Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 10,624 students completed their degree in 4 years and 2,831 finished in 5 years at Iowa colleges. Additional 419 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Iowa Colleges
4 Year or Less52.20% 44.86% 59.57%
5 Year66.11% 61.24% 70.99%
6 Year68.17% 63.87% 72.48%
[Chart] Iowa 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 Iowa colleges is 72.87% for full-time students and 53.22% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2021-2022)
Iowa Colleges and Universities
Retention Rate 72.87%53.22%
[Chart] Iowa Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Iowa colleges is 14.93%. 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
Iowa Colleges and Universities
Transfer-outTotal StudentsTransfer-Out Rate
Total 3,03920,352 14.93%
Male 1,54210,192 15.13%
Female 1,49710,160 14.73%
[Chart] Iowa Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates