Analytics and Institutional Research

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 2010. 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 2,208 first-time, full-time students in the study were 13 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled in fall of 2010.

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 45 percent.
  • The transfer-out rate for SCSU was 25 percent.
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate was 70 percent. The national average combined rate for similar universities was 71 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 45% 25% 70%
Race Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaska Native 33% 20% 53%
Asian 39% 22% 61%
Black or African American 37% 31% 68%
Hispanic of any race 42% 25% 67%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander * * *
Nonresident Alien * * *
Two or more races 39% 29% 68%
Unknown race and ethnicity * * *
White 46% 25% 71%
Female 48% 27% 75%
Male 43% 22% 64%
Financial Aid
Pell Grant Recipient 43% 24% 67%
Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans 50% 22% 71%
Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell 41% 31% 72%

* Suppressed to protect student privacy.
Due to rounding, percentages may not always appear to add up.