Student Success

In higher education, student success is commonly defined as persistence in a bachelor’s degree program, leading to a timely completion of that program. For first-time freshmen, timely graduation would be in four to six years after admission to the university. The equivalent for new transfer students would be two to four years.

Defined this way, Cal Poly students are among the most successful in the California State University (CSU), yet all groups of students do not graduate at the same rate. There are achievement gaps between first generation and non-first generation students, between under-represented minority (URM) and non-URM students, as well as between students receiving and not receiving Pell Grants. Underlying all of these differences is an achievement gap between men and women.

The CSU Graduation Initiative has set ambitious goals for all 23 campuses to achieve by the year 2025. These goals address the achievement gaps as well as the four- and six-year graduation rates; Cal Poly’s goals are indicated below.

 

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FRESHMAN FIRST-YEAR RETENTION RATE


94.1% of first-time freshmen entering in fall quarter 2017 were still enrolled fall 2018.

 

See the full 2018 First-Time Freshmen Persistence and Graduation Rate Trends for more information.

Graduation Rate

FRESHMAN FOUR-YEAR GRADUATION RATE


52.6% of first-time freshmen entering in fall quarter 2014 graduated in four years.

For the CSU Graduation Initiative, Cal Poly's 2025 goal is a 71% four-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen.

See the full 2018 First-Time Freshmen Persistence and Graduation Rate Trends for more information.

Graduation Rate - Six Year

FRESHMAN SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE


 

82.2% of first-time freshmen entering in fall quarter 2012 graduated in six years.

For the CSU Graduation Initiative, Cal Poly's 2025 goal is a 92% six-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen.

 

 

See the full 2018 First-Time Freshmen Persistence and Graduation Rate Trends for more information.

Graduation Rate - Transfer Students - Two Year

TRANSFER TWO-YEAR GRADUATION RATE


 

36.4% of new transfer students entering in fall quarter 2014 graduated in two years.

For the CSU Graduation Initiative, Cal Poly's 2025 goal is a 45% two-year and 93% four-year graduation rate for new transfer students.

 

See the full 2018 New Transfers Persistence and Graduation Rate Trends for more information.

 

Graduation Rate

TRANSFER FOUR-YEAR GRADUATION RATE


 

91.2% of new transfer students entering in  fall quarter 2014 graduated in four years.

For the CSU Graduation Initiative, Cal Poly's 2025 goal is a 45% two-year and 93% four-year graduation rate for new transfer students.

 

See New Transfers Persistence and Graduation Rate Trends for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT GAPS: UNDER-REPRESENTED MINORITIES


 

was the gap between the six-year graduation rates of under-represented minority (URM) and non-URM students in the Fall 2012 cohort.

 

 

About this statistic: 

For the CSU Graduation Initiative, Cal Poly’s 2025 goal is to completely close the six-year-graduation gap between URM and non-URM status.

 

Source: Cal Poly's office of Institutional Research: URM achievement gaps

 

ACHIEVEMENT GAPS: PELL GRANT RECIPIENTS


 

was the gap between the six-year graduation rates of students receiving and students not receiving Pell Grants in the Fall 2012 cohort.

 

 

About this statistic: 

For the CSU Graduation Initiative, Cal Poly’s 2025 goal is to completely close the six-year-graduation gap students receiving and students not receiving Pell Grants.

 

Source: Cal Poly's office of Institutional Research: Pell Grant recipients achievement gaps

 


Reference:

Institutional Research at California Polytechnic State University (2019). 2018 Fact Book. Retrieved from https://ir.calpoly.edu/clone-2018-factbook.

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