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Graduate Rate 56.39%
Male 51.81%
Female 60.21%
Transfer-Out Rate 15.55%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
74% / 60%

Tennessee Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Tennessee colleges is 56.39% - 17,577 students out of 31,173 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 7,356 male and 10,221 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
Tennessee colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total31,17317,57756.39%
Male14,1987,35651.81%
Female16,97510,22160.21%
[Chart] Tennessee Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 12,173 students completed their degree in 4 years and 4,330 finished in 5 years at Tennessee colleges. Additional 981 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Tennessee Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less39.05% 33.22% 43.92%
5 Year52.94% 47.91% 57.15%
6 Year56.09% 51.49% 59.93%
[Chart] Tennessee 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 Tennessee colleges is 73.38% for full-time students and 59.22% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
Tennessee Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 73.38%59.22%
[Chart] Tennessee Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Tennessee colleges is 15.55%. 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
Tennessee Colleges and Universities
Transfer-outTotal StudentsTransfer-Out Rate
Total 4,84731,173 15.55%
Male 2,27714,198 16.04%
Female 2,57016,975 15.14%
[Chart] Tennessee Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates