Graduate Rate 59.18%
Male 54.63%
Female 62.96%
Transfer-Out Rate 15.60%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
74% / 52%

Tennessee Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Tennessee colleges is 59.18% - 17,488 students out of 29,549 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 7,326 male and 10,162 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
Tennessee colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
[Chart] Tennessee Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 13,034 students completed their degree in 4 years and 3,584 finished in 5 years at Tennessee colleges. Additional 773 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Tennessee Colleges
4 Year or Less44.11% 37.67% 49.46%
5 Year56.24% 51.20% 60.42%
6 Year58.85% 54.38% 62.57%
[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 73.90% for full-time students and 52.81% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2021-2022)
Tennessee Colleges and Universities
Retention Rate 73.90%52.81%
[Chart] Tennessee Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Tennessee colleges is 15.60%. 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 4,61029,549 15.60%
Male 2,07813,409 15.50%
Female 2,53216,140 15.69%
[Chart] Tennessee Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates