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Table 22. Graduation rates of first-time postsecondary students who started as full-time degree-seeking students, by race/ethnicity, sex, time between starting and graduating, and level of institution: Selected cohort entry years, 1996, 1999, 2001, and 2004
 
Level of institution
and cohort entry year
Total White Black Hispanic Asian/Pacific
Islander
American Indian/
Alaska Native
  Male
All 4-year institutions            
  Percent completing bachelor's degree within 4 years of start
1996 starting cohort 28.5 30.6 13.9 19.0 32.2 15.1
2001 starting cohort 31.0 33.4 15.0 21.3 35.7 18.0
  Percent completing bachelor's degree within 5 years of start
1996 starting cohort 46.2 49.2 27.0 34.4 51.8 31.2
2001 starting cohort 48.6 51.9 28.9 37.3 56.0 31.5
  Percent completing bachelor's degree within 6 years of start
1996 starting cohort 52.0 54.8 32.8 41.3 59.5 36.2
2001 starting cohort 54.2 57.3 34.6 44.1 62.7 36.1
  Percent completing certificates or associate's degrees within 150 percent of normal time1 
All 2-year institutions            
1999 starting cohort 28.2 29.7 20.8 25.8 29.1 24.2
2004 starting cohort 25.7 27.3 19.1 22.6 27.9 23.6
             
  Female
All 4-year institutions            
  Percent completing bachelor's degree within 4 years of start
1996 starting cohort 38.0 41.1 23.2 25.8 42.2 21.7
2001 starting cohort 40.6 43.9 25.7 29.1 47.2 23.5
  Percent completing bachelor's degree within 5 years of start
1996 starting cohort 53.6 56.8 37.5 42.4 60.5 34.9
2001 starting cohort 55.8 59.1 40.6 45.6 64.5 37.4
  Percent completing bachelor's degree within 6 years of start
1996 starting cohort 58.2 60.9 43.0 49.1 66.8 39.5
2001 starting cohort 60.0 62.8 46.2 51.5 69.8 42.1
  Percent completing certificates or associate's degrees within 150 percent of normal time1 
All 2-year institutions            
1999 starting cohort 30.2 31.7 25.1 27.8 32.6 25.8
2004 starting cohort 29.6 30.5 25.2 29.0 32.6 28.8
1 Normal time to completion is the amount of time necessary for a student to complete all requirements for a degree or certificate according to the institution's catalog. This is typically 4 years for a bachelor's degree in a standard term-based institution, 2 years for an associate's degree in a standard term-based institution, and the various scheduled durations for certificate programs.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2001–02 through 2007–08 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2001, and Spring 2002–08.

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