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 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, 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 1145.5 865.8 77%

Male 440.8 321.8 73%
Female 704.8 544.0 77%

American Indian/Alaska Native 16.3 10.8 66%
Asian or Pacific Islander 118.8 88.3 74%
Black or African American 24.8 14.8 60%
Hispanic or Latino 160.3 121.5 76%
White 731.5 561.5 77%
International 21.3 16.5 78%

Pell Grant recipients 116.3 79.5 68%

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