Graduate Rate 69.48%
Male 66.12%
Female 72.17%
Transfer-Out Rate 15.44%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
80% / 64%

Pennsylvania Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Pennsylvania colleges is 69.48% - 49,191 students out of 70,803 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 20,858 male and 28,333 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
Pennsylvania colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
[Chart] Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 39,932 students completed their degree in 4 years and 7,896 finished in 5 years at Pennsylvania colleges. Additional 1,232 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Pennsylvania Colleges
4 Year or Less56.40% 50.73% 60.96%
5 Year67.55% 63.75% 70.61%
6 Year69.29% 65.91% 72.01%
[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 79.51% for full-time students and 63.26% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities
Retention Rate 79.51%63.26%
[Chart] Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Pennsylvania colleges is 15.44%. 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 10,93070,803 15.44%
Male 4,92531,547 15.61%
Female 6,00539,256 15.30%
[Chart] Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates