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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 iss 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 in the period.
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 (2019-2020)
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