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Graduate Rate 65.15%
Male 61.09%
Female 68.30%
Transfer-Out Rate 17.57%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
71% / 58%

North Carolina Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of North Carolina colleges is 65.15% - 30,691 students out of 47,106 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 12,550 male and 18,141 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
North Carolina colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total47,10630,69165.15%
Male20,54412,55061.09%
Female26,56218,14168.30%
[Chart] North Carolina Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 22,922 students completed their degree in 4 years and 6,429 finished in 5 years at North Carolina colleges. Additional 1,238 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
North Carolina Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less48.66% 41.96% 53.84%
5 Year62.31% 57.81% 65.79%
6 Year64.94% 60.90% 68.06%
[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 70.89% for full-time students and 56.79% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
North Carolina Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 70.89%56.79%
[Chart] North Carolina Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at North Carolina colleges is 17.57%. 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 8,27647,106 17.57%
Male 3,62420,544 17.64%
Female 4,65226,562 17.51%
[Chart] North Carolina Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates