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Graduate Rate 62.23%
Male 58.62%
Female 65.06%
Transfer-Out Rate 20.07%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
67% / 45%

South Carolina Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of South Carolina colleges is 62.23% - 15,457 students out of 24,839 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 6,400 male and 9,057 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
South Carolina colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total24,83915,45762.23%
Male10,9176,40058.62%
Female13,9229,05765.06%
[Chart] South Carolina Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 11,747 students completed their degree in 4 years and 2,931 finished in 5 years at South Carolina colleges. Additional 582 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
South Carolina Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less47.29% 40.82% 52.37%
5 Year59.09% 54.81% 62.45%
6 Year61.44% 57.76% 64.32%
[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 20.07%. 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 4,98524,839 20.07%
Male 2,15510,917 19.74%
Female 2,83013,922 20.33%
[Chart] South Carolina Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates