University of California 2012 Accountability Report

Indicator 4.1
Freshman graduation rates, Cohorts entering fall 1992 to 2007

Data visualization. please download the source data for accessible information.

Graduation rates for students who enter as freshmen have improved substantially since 1995. They are better than the average graduation rates of students at AAU public institutions and, at some campuses, approach the rates of AAU private institutions.

Systemwide, four-year graduation rates increased from 37 percent for the 1992 cohort to 60 percent for the 2005 cohort, while six-year graduation rates increased from 76 percent to 83 percent during this same time period. An interactive dashboard of graduation rates is available online.

The steady improvement in graduation rates is likely due to many factors, including campus programs to encourage four-year completion, improvements in the academic preparation levels of incoming students and the rising costs of a UC education, which motivate students to complete their educations more quickly and enter the workforce.

Notes: Graduation Rate is the percentage of enrollees who graduate after 4, 5 or 6 years for freshmen entrants, or 2, 3 or 4 years for transfer entrants. Summer term is included in "prior year" graduation rates for those freshmen receiving degrees from 1995 onward, and for those transfers receiving degrees from 1997 onward. Prior to these years, Summer term graduates are counted in the "next year". Included as Freshmen are those students who entered UC directly from high school, and who had not matriculated at another postsecondary institution prior to enrollment, though they may have taken courses at such an institution while attending high school.

Source: UC Corporate Student System and IPEDS1

1IPEDS data are only available for more limited years for comparison institutions. A list of institutions included in the AAU comparison groups can be found in the appendix.

You may view or download a table of the raw data used to generate these charts in CSV files, which can be opened in spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.