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

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 Metropolitan State University

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 Metropolitan State students who started at the university in the fall of 2011. 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 Metropolitan State University within six years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from Metropolitan State, 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 Metropolitan State University. The 51 first-time, full-time students in the study were 1 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled at Metropolitan State in fall of 2011.

What are the graduation and transfer-out rates for Metropolitan State University students and how do they compare to rates for other universities?

  • The graduation rate for Metropolitan State was 27 percent.
  • The transfer-out rate for Metropolitan State was 45 percent.
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for Metropolitan State was 73 percent. The national average combined rate for similar universities was 73 percent.

Why don’t more Metropolitan 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.
Disaggregated Student Right-to-Know Graduation and Transfer-out Rates
Metropolitan State University Graduation Rate Transfer out Rate Combined Rate
Total Cohort 27% 45% 73%
Race Ethnicity      
American Indian or Alaska Native      
Asian 29% 50% 79%
Black or African American      
Hispanic of any race      
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander      
Nonresident Alien      
Two or more races      
Unknown race and ethnicity      
White 40% 40% 80%
Gender      
Female 29% 33% 63%
Male 26% 56% 81%
Financial Aid      
Pell Grant Recipient 25% 48% 73%
Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans      
Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell      

* Suppressed to protect student privacy.

Due to rounding, percentages may not always appear to add up.