4 Year Average of Six-Year Graduation Rates for Full-time, First Year Students

All universities strive to retain and graduate their admitted students. The federal government's primary measure of student success is the percentage of new full-time freshmen that graduate within six years from the school they entered.

The table below presents four-year averages of the number of new full-time first year students who entered USD in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, and also the average numbers that graduated within six years. The table reports these figures for all full-time first year students, by gender, by race/ethnicity, and for Pell Grant recipients.

We use four-year averages of cohort size and graduation rate to smooth the variation for small populations.

Category Size of
Grad By
6 Years
% of
All First Year
1144.3 883.0 77%

Male 472.0 353.8 75%
Female 672.3 529.5 79%

American Indian/Alaska Native 12.0 8.0 67%
Asian or Pacific Islander 111.0 85.3 77%
Black or African American 24.8 13.5 54%
Hispanic or Latino 164.0 129.5 79%
White 710.0 553.0 78%
International 25.0 19.0 76%

Pell Grant recipients 128.8 102.3 79%

Graduation rates may increase when August graduates are added in January.

*Four year average for recipients of subsidized Stafford loans who graduate in six years will be available in 2018.

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