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Graduate Rate 54.30%
Male 50.35%
Female 58.27%
Transfer-Out Rate 12.12%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
74% / 55%

South Dakota Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of South Dakota colleges is 54.30% - 3,279 students out of 6,039 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 1,524 male and 1,755 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
South Dakota colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total6,0393,27954.30%
Male3,0271,52450.35%
Female3,0121,75558.27%
[Chart] South Dakota Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 2,129 students completed their degree in 4 years and 944 finished in 5 years at South Dakota colleges. Additional 162 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
South Dakota Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less35.25% 29.07% 41.47%
5 Year50.89% 46.38% 55.41%
6 Year53.57% 49.88% 57.27%
[Chart] South Dakota 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 Dakota colleges is 75.71% for full-time students and 56.80% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
South Dakota Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 75.71%56.80%
[Chart] South Dakota Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at South Dakota colleges is 12.12%. 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 Dakota Colleges and Universities
Transfer-outTotal StudentsTransfer-Out Rate
Total 7326,039 12.12%
Male 3483,027 11.50%
Female 3843,012 12.75%
[Chart] South Dakota Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates