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 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, 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
1157 912 79%

Male 478 363 76%
Female 680 549 81%

American Indian/Alaska Native  9    7 77%
Asian or Pacific Islander 99   76 77%
Black or African American 28   17 61%
Hispanic or Latino 168 137 82%
White 720 570 79%
International 31 23 73%

Pell Grant recipients 165 129 78%

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.