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Graduate Rate 76.19%
Male 73.83%
Female 78.17%
Transfer-Out Rate 9.02%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
81% / 58%

Massachusetts Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Massachusetts colleges is 76.19% - 39,413 students out of 51,732 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 17,453 male and 21,960 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
Massachusetts colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total51,73239,41376.19%
Male23,63917,45373.83%
Female28,09321,96078.17%
[Chart] Massachusetts Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 32,029 students completed their degree in 4 years and 4,688 finished in 5 years at Massachusetts colleges. Additional 2,632 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Massachusetts Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less61.91% 57.45% 65.67%
5 Year70.98% 67.78% 73.67%
6 Year76.06% 73.72% 78.04%
[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 9.02%. 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 4,66551,732 9.02%
Male 2,12923,639 9.01%
Female 2,53628,093 9.03%
[Chart] Massachusetts Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates