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Graduate Rate 70.21%
Male 67.13%
Female 72.88%
Transfer-Out Rate 12.57%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
80% / 53%

Pennsylvania Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Pennsylvania colleges is 70.21% - 61,038 students out of 86,932 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 27,113 male and 33,925 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
Pennsylvania colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total86,93261,03870.21%
Male40,38627,11367.13%
Female46,54633,92572.88%
[Chart] Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 48,723 students completed their degree in 4 years and 10,461 finished in 5 years at Pennsylvania colleges. Additional 1,686 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Pennsylvania Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less56.05% 50.30% 61.04%
5 Year68.08% 64.47% 71.22%
6 Year70.02% 66.92% 72.71%
[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 79.25% for full-time students and 53.04% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2021-2022)
Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 79.25%53.04%
[Chart] Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Pennsylvania colleges is 12.57%. 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
Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities
Transfer-outTotal StudentsTransfer-Out Rate
Total 10,93086,932 12.57%
Male 4,92540,386 12.19%
Female 6,00546,546 12.90%
[Chart] Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates