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 iss 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 in the period.
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 (2019-2020)
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