## Why are Retention and Graduation Rates Important?

Make an informed decision about your education by understanding how 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 Cal State Stanislaus. 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 Cal State Stanislaus
- Graduation Rates at California State University - Stanislaus

## Cal State Stanislaus Has a Better Than Average Freshman Retention Rate

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

Nationwide, the average first year to second year retention rate is 71.0%. When looking at just colleges and universities in California, the average is 75.0%.

### Cal State Stanislaus 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, 60.8% of Cal State Stanislaus Undergrads Finish Within Six Years

At Cal State Stanislaus, there were 1,755 bachelors degree candidates in the class of 2012. By 2014, six years after beginning their degree, 60.8% of these students had graduated. After an additional two years, 65.3% 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 34.7% did not graduate within eight years. Of these 610 students, 20 were still working towards their degree, 369 had transferred to a different institution, and Cal State Stanislaus lost contact with the remaining 220 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 Cal State Stanislaus Represent 51.2% of the Class of 2012 and 47.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a four year graduation rate of 18.0%,
**first-time** students in the Cal State Stanislaus class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were less likely than average to graduate on time.
After six years, the graduation rate was 53.3%
and by 2016, 60.4%
of this class had completed their degree.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **first-time** undergraduates attending classes **full-time** is:
32.8% after four years,
47.6% after six years, and
49.2% after eight years.

### Cal State Stanislaus 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 Cal State Stanislaus, we expected
that after six years about 36.3% of them would have
completed their undergraduate degree.

### Nationwide Rankings for First-Time / Full-time Graduation Rates at Cal State Stanislaus

### 39.6% of the First-Time / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 356 students, 16 were still working towards their degree, 228 had transferred to a different institution, and Cal State Stanislaus lost contact with the remaining 112 whom we assume dropped out.

## First-Time / Part-time Students at Cal State Stanislaus Represent 3.7% of the Class of 2012 and 2.6% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 38.5%,
**first-time** students in the Cal State Stanislaus class of 2012 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 46.2%.

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 Cal State Stanislaus

### 53.8% of the First-Time/ Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 35 students, 0 were still working towards their degree, 23 had transferred to a different institution, and Cal State Stanislaus lost contact with the remaining 12 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Full-time Students at Cal State Stanislaus Represent 30.0% of the Class of 2012 and 35.6% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 76.5%,
**returning** students in the Cal State Stanislaus class of 2012 who attended classes
**full-time** were among the most likely in the nation to graduate in a reasonable time.
After eight years, the graduation rate was 77.4%.

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 Cal State Stanislaus

### 22.6% of the Returning / Full-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 119 students, 3 were still working towards their degree, 67 had transferred to a different institution, and Cal State Stanislaus lost contact with the remaining 49 whom we assume dropped out.

## Returning / Part-time Students at Cal State Stanislaus Represent 15.0% of the Class of 2012 and 14.4% of all Their Bachelor's Degree Graduations.

With a six year graduation rate of 61.0%,
**returning** students in the Cal State Stanislaus class of 2012 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 62.5%.

Nationwide, the average graduation rate for **returning** undergraduates attending classes **part-time** is:
36.8% after six years and
38.6% after eight years.

### Nationwide Rankings for Returning / Part-time Graduation Rates at Cal State Stanislaus

### 37.5% of the Returning / Part-time Class of 2012 had not Completed Their Degree by 2016

Of these 99 students, 1 were still working towards their degree, 51 had transferred to a different institution, and Cal State Stanislaus lost contact with the remaining 47 whom we assume dropped out.