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Graduate Rate 65.97%
Male 63.33%
Female 68.19%
Transfer-Out Rate 1.84%
Retention Rate
Full-time / Part-time
73% / 64%

Wisconsin Colleges Graduation Rate

The average graduation rate of Wisconsin colleges is 65.97% - 22,026 students out of 33,388 candidates were completed their degree within 150% normal time (for example, within 6 years for students seeking a 4-year bachelors degree)). By gender, 9,670 male and 12,356 female students have graduated last year completing their studies within 150% normal time.
Graduation Rate By Gender
Wisconsin colleges and universities
CandidatesCompletersGraduation Rates
Total33,38822,02665.97%
Male15,2699,67063.33%
Female18,11912,35668.19%
[Chart] Wisconsin Colleges and Universities Graduation Rate by Gender

BS Degree Graduation Rates By Completion Periods

For 4 years (or high) schools, 14,041 students completed their degree in 4 years and 6,784 finished in 5 years at Wisconsin colleges. Additional 1,180 students graduated within 6 years.
Graduation Rates By Completion Periods
Wisconsin Colleges
TotalMaleFemale
4 Year or Less42.05% 36.31% 46.90%
5 Year62.37% 58.98% 65.24%
6 Year65.91% 63.27% 68.13%
[Chart] Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin colleges is 73.28% for full-time students and 64.46% for part-time students.
Retention Rates (2020-2021)
Wisconsin Colleges and Universities
Full-timePart-time
Retention Rate 73.28%64.46%
[Chart] Wisconsin Colleges and Universities Retention Rate

Transfer-Out Rates

The average transfer-out rate at Wisconsin colleges is 1.84%. 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
Wisconsin Colleges and Universities
Transfer-outTotal StudentsTransfer-Out Rate
Total 61633,388 1.84%
Male 30115,269 1.97%
Female 31518,119 1.74%
[Chart] Wisconsin Colleges and Universities Transfer-Out Rates