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Graduate Rate 61.70%
Male 57.45%
Female 64.94%
Transfer-Out Rate 22.51%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
67% / 45%

South Carolina Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of South Carolina colleges is 61.70% - 15,762 students out of 25,548 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 6,364 male and 9,398 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
South Carolina colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total25,54815,76261.70%
Male11,0776,36457.45%
Female14,4719,39864.94%
[Chart] South Carolina Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 12,210 students completed their degree in 4 years and 2,842 finished in 5 years at South Carolina colleges. Additional 664 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
South Carolina Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less47.79% 41.21% 52.83%
5 Year58.92% 54.39% 62.38%
6 Year61.52% 57.28% 64.76%
[Chart] South 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 South Carolina colleges is 67.32% for full-time students and 44.76% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
South Carolina Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 67.32%44.76%
[Chart] South Carolina Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at South Carolina colleges is 22.51%. 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
South Carolina Colleges and Universities
Transfer-outTotal StudentsTransfer-Out Rate
Total 5,75125,548 22.51%
Male 2,64611,077 23.89%
Female 3,10514,471 21.46%
[Chart] South Carolina Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates