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 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, 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 1124.3 838.3 75%

Male 436.0 320.8 74%
Female 688.3 517.5 75%

American Indian/Alaska Native 14.3 9.0 63%
Asian or Pacific Islander 110.8 84.5 76%
Black or African American 24.5 14.0 57%
Hispanic or Latino 152.3 111.0 73%
White 736.5 556.3 76%
International 16.0 13.3 83%

Pell Grant recipients 113.5 73.5 65%

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