Student Success

Peer Institution Graduation Rates & Retention Rates

The figures for UAF and its peer institutions were pulled from the 2020-21 Common Data Set (CDS), a standardized report that is completed annually by higher education institutions nationwide for easy comparison.

Graduation rates are for the Fall 2014 cohort, meaning first-time full-time bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree seeking undergraduate students admitted in fall 2014 who have graduated in the six years since. Retention rates refer to first-time full-time bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree seeking undergraduate students from the fall 2019 semester, who were still enrolled at the institution in fall 2020.

UAF 4 Year Graduation Rates

UAF has a high number of students that attend part-time and/or are non-traditional students. For this reason, many students do not graduate within four years, and a six-year graduation rate is a more informative number.

UAF 6 Year Graduation Rates

When colleges report their graduation rate, it is often the six-year rate, which is the federal reporting requirement. UAF has markedly improved its overall six-year graduation rate over the past decade, from about 30% in 2011 to over 40% today. We look at these metrics broken out by age, gender, ethnicity, and Pell-recipient status (which may be an indication of socioeconomic status) to search for gaps in equity that need to be addressed through policy or initiatives.

By Age
By Gender
By Ethnicity
By Pell Grant Receipt or First Generation Status