## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

Make an informed decision about your education by understanding how California State University - Sacramento's retention and graduation rates impact you. First year retention rates let you know how many students come back for their sophomore year. Graduation rates tell you how long it takes to complete a degree at California State University - Sacramento. Remember, every extra semester it takes to graduate will increase the cost of your degree.

### On This Page You'll Find:

- What These Rates Have To Do With You
- First to Second Year Retention Rate at California State University - Sacramento
- Graduation Rates at California State University - Sacramento

## California State University - Sacramento Has a Better Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

With 81.0% of students making it past their freshman year, California State University - Sacramento has freshman retention rates above the national average.

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 72.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in California, the average is 77.0%.

### California State University - Sacramento Freshmen Retention Rate Rankings

### Any Questions?

- When you attend a school that is high quality and a good fit for you, it is more likely you'll return for another year. Read more about why retention is so important.
- How many students make it past freshman year? You might be surprised at the answer.

## Overall, 57.3% of California State University - Sacramento Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At California State University - Sacramento, there were 5,769 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2013. By 2015, six years after beginning their degree, 57.3% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 62.4% of this class eventually completed their degree.

We consider the "on-time" graduation rate for a bachelor's degree to be four years, but colleges typically report their graduation rates after six or even eight years.

This implies that 37.6% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 2,171 students, 87 were still working towards their degree, 1,433 had transferred to a different institution, and California State University - Sacramento lost contact with the remaining 650 whom we assume dropped out.

### Some Students Take More Time to Graduate

First-time, full-time students under the age of 25 are much more likely to graduate in four years (on-time). Some schools cater mostly to traditional students while others cater to “non-traditional” students who may be attending part time and thus are likely to take longer to graduate.

Comparing the graduation rates of specific cohorts shown below will be more revealing than the overall statistics shared above.

## First-Time / Full-time Students at California State University - Sacramento Represent 44.0% of the Class of 2013 and 37.6% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 8.0%,
**first-time** students in the California State University - Sacramento class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** were among the least likely in the nation to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 43.7%
and by 2017, 53.4%
of this class had completed their degree.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
33.4% after four years,
47.6% after six years, and
49.2% after eight years.

### California State University - Sacramento is Graduating Students Faster Than we Expected

Studies have shown that high-achieving students are more likely to complete their degree on time.
Given the academic preparedness of the **first-time / full-time** students accepted to California State University - Sacramento, we expected
that after six years about 38.5% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

### Nationwide Rankings for First-Time / Full-time Graduation Rates at California State University - Sacramento

### 46.6% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 1,182 students, 64 were still working towards their degree, 822 had transferred to a different institution, and California State University - Sacramento lost contact with the remaining 296 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at California State University - Sacramento Represent 1.5% of the Class of 2013 and 0.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 9.5%,
**first-time** students in the California State University - Sacramento class of 2013 who attended classes
**part-time** were less likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 13.1%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
22.2% after six years and
24.5% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for First-Time / Part-time Graduation Rates at California State University - Sacramento

### 86.9% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 73 students, 6 were still working towards their degree, 48 had transferred to a different institution, and California State University - Sacramento lost contact with the remaining 19 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at California State University - Sacramento Represent 41.6% of the Class of 2013 and 49.8% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 73.6%,
**returning** students in the California State University - Sacramento class of 2013 who attended classes
**full-time** were more likely than average to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 74.8%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
55.0% after six years and
56.2% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for Returning / Full-time Graduation Rates at California State University - Sacramento

### 25.2% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 605 students, 10 were still working towards their degree, 385 had transferred to a different institution, and California State University - Sacramento lost contact with the remaining 210 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at California State University - Sacramento Represent 13.0% of the Class of 2013 and 12.3% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 56.1%,
**returning** students in the California State University - Sacramento class of 2013 who attended classes
**part-time** were among the most likely in the nation to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 58.8%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
36.7% after six years and
38.6% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for Returning / Part-time Graduation Rates at California State University - Sacramento

### 41.2% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2013 had not Completed Their Degree by 2017

Of these 310 students, 7 were still working towards their degree, 178 had transferred to a different institution, and California State University - Sacramento lost contact with the remaining 125 whom we assume dropped out.