Student Right-to-Know

What is Student Right-To-Know?

Student Right-To-Know is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to disclose certain information to students. This handout provides the information that a university must provide to students on graduation rates and transfer-out rates for full-time students seeking degrees at St. Cloud State University (SCSU).

What is a graduation rate and what is a transfer-out rate?

Federal regulations specify how to calculate the graduation and transfer rates. The rates come from a study of SCSU students who started at the university in the fall of 2009. The study includes all first-time students who enrolled full-time that fall and were seeking to earn a degree at the university. The graduation rate is the percentage of these students who graduated from SCSU within six years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from SCSU, but instead transferred to another college or university within six years.

What do I need to know about these rates?

These rates do not report on all students at St. Cloud State University. The 2,301 first-time, full-time students in the study were 14 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled in fall of 2009.

What are the graduation and transfer-out rates for St. Cloud State University students and how do they compare to rates for other universities?

  • The graduation rate for SCSU was 42 percent.
  • The transfer-out rate for SCSU was 36 percent.
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate was 78 percent. The national average combined rate for similar universities was 70 percent.

Why don’t more St. Cloud State University students graduate or transfer in six years?

  • Some students take jobs before they graduate;
  • Students who switch from full-time to part-time enrollment or “stop out” for one or more semesters are more likely to take more than six years to graduate;
  • Other students delay their education for personal, family or financial reasons.

Disaggregated Student Right-to-Know Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates

St. Cloud State University

Graduation Rate

Transfer-out Rate

Combined Rate

Total Cohort

42%

36%

78%

Race Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska Native

*

*

*

Asian

37%

28%

65%

Black or African American

30%

42%

71%

Hispanic of any race

32%

40%

72%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

*

*

*

Nonresident Alien

*

*

*

Two or more races

28%

35%

63%

Unknown race and ethnicity

*

*

*

White

44%

36%

80%

Gender

Female

44%

40%

83%

Male

41%

31%

72%

Financial Aid

Pell Grant Recipient

37%

36%

74%

Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans

46%

34%

80%

Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell

40%

39%

79%

* Suppressed to protect student privacy.

Due to rounding, percentages may not always appear to add up.