|Table 11. Graduation rates within 150 percent of normal program completion time at Title IV institutions among students who started as full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students, by race/ethnicity, level and control of institution, and gender: United States, cohort years 2014 and 2017|
Level and control of institution
All 4-year institutions
(cohort year 2014)2
Bachelor’s or equivalent
4-year institutions and
completing bachelor’s or
(cohort year 2014)
Total 2-year institutions
(cohort year 2017)
(cohort year 2017)
— Not available. Graduation rates data are not collected by race/ethnicity or gender for less-than-2-year institutions.
1The use of "Nonresident" is for reporting purposes only and does not reflect a change in the collection of data for this category.
2The 4-year institution cohort contains all full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduates, regardless of the level of the award sought.
NOTE: Title IV institutions are those with a written agreement with the U.S. Department of Education that allows the institution to participate in any of the Title IV federal student financial assistance programs. United States includes the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The four U.S. service academies that are not Title IV eligible are included in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) universe because they are federally funded and open to the public and are included in this table. The rates in this table reflect graduation rates at institutions regardless of the length of programs, unless otherwise indicated. The graduation rate was calculated as required for disclosure and reporting purposes under the Student Right-to-Know Act. This rate was calculated as the total number of completers within 150 percent of normal time (e.g. "normal" program completion time for a bachelor's degree would be 4 years) at the same institution where the student started divided by the adjusted cohort (revised cohort minus any allowable exclusions). The revised cohort is the number of students entering the institution as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduates in the reference year. Allowable exclusions include those students who died or were totally and permanently disabled; students who left school to serve in the armed forces (or have been called up to active duty); those who left to serve with a foreign aid service of the federal government, such as the Peace Corps; and those who left to serve on official church missions. Students who are in the United States on a visa or temporary basis, and who are not authorized to remain indefinitely, are included in the "Nonresident" category regardless of race or ethnicity. Students who self-identify with more than one race are included in the Two or more races category. Students of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity are included in the Hispanic or Latino category regardless of race and are not included in the race categories. Definitions for terms used in this table may be found in the collection year’s archived downloadable glossary located at https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/use-the-data/annual-survey-forms-packages-archived?year=2020.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, Winter 2020–21, Graduation Rates component (final data).