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Graduate Rate 76.07%
Male 73.42%
Female 78.24%
Transfer-Out Rate 8.06%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
81% / 58%

Massachusetts Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Massachusetts colleges is 76.07% - 39,010 students out of 51,285 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 16,999 male and 22,011 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
Massachusetts colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total51,28539,01076.07%
Male23,15416,99973.42%
Female28,13122,01178.24%
[Chart] Massachusetts Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 31,510 students completed their degree in 4 years and 6,605 finished in 5 years at Massachusetts colleges. Additional 854 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Massachusetts Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less61.44% 57.20% 64.94%
5 Year74.32% 71.34% 76.78%
6 Year75.99% 73.36% 78.15%
[Chart] Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts colleges is 81.28% for full-time students and 57.88% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
Massachusetts Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 81.28%57.88%
[Chart] Massachusetts Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Massachusetts colleges is 8.06%. 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
Massachusetts Colleges and Universities
Transfer-outTotal StudentsTransfer-Out Rate
Total 4,13451,285 8.06%
Male 1,88523,154 8.14%
Female 2,24928,131 7.99%
[Chart] Massachusetts Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates