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 2013. 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 1,654 first-time, full-time students in the study were 11 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled in fall of 2013.

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 48 percent.
  • The transfer-out rate for SCSU was 31 percent.
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate was 79 percent. The national average combined rate for similar universities was 75 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.

Data & Additional Information

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

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

St. Cloud State University Graduation Rate Transfer-out Rate Combined Rate
Total Cohort 48% 31% 79%
Race Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaska Native * * *
Asian 46% 31% 77%
Black or African American 30% 45% 75%
Hispanic of any race 34% 26% 60%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander * * *
Nonresident Alien * * *
Two or more races 34% 36% 70%
Unknown race and ethnicity * * *
White 51% 31% 82%
Gender
Female 51% 34% 84%
Male 45% 27% 72%
Financial Aid
Pell Grant Recipient 41% 34% 75%
Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans 55% 25% 80%
Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell 48% 35% 83%


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

Program Level Achievement Data

Undergraduate Program Level Achievement

Definitions

Retention Rate: Percentage of Baccalaureate degree-seeking undergraduates from the previous fall who are again enrolled in the current fall.

Graduation Rate: Percentage of students being awarded a Baccalaureate degree in 6 years out of the cohort term.

 

Data

Fall 2019

Program Level

Retention Rate

Baccalaureate

69%

 

Fall 2014

Program Level

6 Year Graduation Rate

Baccalaureate

46%

 

 

Graduate Program Level Achievement

Definitions

Retention Rate: Percentage of Masters or Doctoral degree-seeking graduates from the previous fall who are again enrolled in the current fall.

Graduation Rate (Masters): Percentage of students being awarded a Masters degree in 3 years out of the cohort term.

Graduation Rate (Doctoral): Percentage of students being awarded a Doctoral degree in 6 years out of the cohort term.

 

Data

Fall 2019

Program Level

Retention Rate

Masters

75%

Doctoral

87%

 

Fall 2017

Program Level

3 Year Graduation Rate

Masters

78%

 

Fall 2014

Program Level

6 Year Graduation Rate

Doctoral

58%