Six-Year Graduation Rates for First-time, Full-time Fall Freshmen

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 freshmen who entered USD in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, and also the average numbers that graduated within six years. The table reports these figures for all new freshman, 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 Freshmen 1116.8 831.0 74%
Male 407.8 299.8 74%
Female 709.0 531.3 75%
American Indian/Alaska Native 13.0 8.5 65%
Asian or Pacific Islander 101.5 75.8 75%
Black or African American 24 14.8 61%
Hispanic or Latino 161.0 115.0 71%
White 754.5 571.3 76%
International 12.5 9.5 76%
Pell Grant recipients 129.3 81.5 63%

*Graduation rates for recipients of subsidized Stafford loans will first be available for the 2008 cohort.