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Graduate Rate 70.05%
Male 67.17%
Female 72.56%
Transfer-Out Rate 13.03%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
80% / 63%

Pennsylvania Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Pennsylvania colleges is 70.05% - 61,000 students out of 87,076 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 27,192 male and 33,808 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
Pennsylvania colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total87,07661,00070.05%
Male40,48527,19267.17%
Female46,59133,80872.56%
[Chart] Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 47,695 students completed their degree in 4 years and 11,303 finished in 5 years at Pennsylvania colleges. Additional 1,667 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Pennsylvania Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less54.77% 48.96% 59.83%
5 Year67.75% 64.26% 70.79%
6 Year69.67% 66.72% 72.23%
[Chart] Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania colleges is 79.89% for full-time students and 63.35% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 79.89%63.35%
[Chart] Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Pennsylvania colleges is 13.03%. 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
Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities
Transfer-outTotal StudentsTransfer-Out Rate
Total 11,34287,076 13.03%
Male 5,12340,485 12.65%
Female 6,21946,591 13.35%
[Chart] Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates