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Graduate Rate 65.63%
Male 61.61%
Female 68.74%
Transfer-Out Rate 16.69%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
72% / 57%

North Carolina Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of North Carolina colleges is 65.63% - 31,582 students out of 48,122 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 12,940 male and 18,642 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
North Carolina colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total48,12231,58265.63%
Male21,00312,94061.61%
Female27,11918,64268.74%
[Chart] North Carolina Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 23,937 students completed their degree in 4 years and 6,333 finished in 5 years at North Carolina colleges. Additional 1,227 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
North Carolina Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less49.74% 42.98% 54.98%
5 Year62.90% 58.38% 66.40%
6 Year65.45% 61.48% 68.53%
[Chart] North Carolina 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 North Carolina colleges is 71.51% for full-time students and 56.73% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2021-2022)
North Carolina Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 71.51%56.73%
[Chart] North Carolina Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at North Carolina colleges is 16.69%. 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
North Carolina Colleges and Universities
Transfer-outTotal StudentsTransfer-Out Rate
Total 8,03148,122 16.69%
Male 3,51521,003 16.74%
Female 4,51627,119 16.65%
[Chart] North Carolina Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates