Graduate Rate 68.86%
Male 64.86%
Female 72.65%
Transfer-Out Rate 14.91%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
74% / 72%

Iowa Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Iowa colleges is 68.86% - 13,906 students out of 20,195 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 6,377 male and 7,529 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, 10,544 students completed their degree in 4 years and 2,924 finished in 5 years at Iowa colleges. Additional 424 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Iowa Colleges
4 Year or Less52.21% 44.55% 59.48%
5 Year66.69% 61.91% 71.22%
6 Year68.79% 64.83% 72.55%
[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 74.16% for full-time students and 67.80% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
Iowa Colleges and Universities
Retention Rate 74.16%67.80%
[Chart] Iowa Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Iowa colleges is 14.91%. 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 3,01120,195 14.91%
Male 1,5179,832 15.43%
Female 1,49410,363 14.42%
[Chart] Iowa Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates