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Retention and Graduation Rates

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The dashboard above reflects student success rates (academic probation, retention and graduation) for students entering UC Santa Barbara in each indicated academic year. The graduation rates published here do not include students receiving degrees at another four-year institution (including other UC campuses).

Definitions

Academic probation rate: The percentage of each entering cohort that were placed on academic probation at any time during their first year of study. Academic probation status is assigned to students who have a cumulative grade-point average of less than 2.00 on all University courses.

Retention rate: The percentage of each cohort that is retained to their second year of study. To be counted as retained, students had to be registered and included in the Fall quarter 15th class day census occuring in their second year of study.

2-Year graduation rate (Transfer entry only): The percentage of each cohort that completed their baccalaureate degree at UC Santa Barbara within 2 calendar years of first matriculation.

4-Year graduation rate: The percentage of each cohort that completed their baccalaureate degree at UC Santa Barbara within 4 calendar years of first matriculation.

6-Year graduation rate (Freshmen entry only): The percentage of each cohort that completed their baccalaureate degree at UC Santa Barbara within 6 calendar years of first matriculation.

Gender: As designated by the student on the UC application.

Pell Grant Status: “Recipients” received a Federal Pell Grant of any amount in their first year of study at UC Santa Barbara.

Ethnic Groups (based on UC Ethnicity Categories):

  • Asian: Includes all domestic students who self-identify as an East Asian or South Asian ethnicity.
  • Underrepresented Minority (URM): Includes domestic students who self-identify as African American/Black, Native American or Alaskan Native, or Chicano/Latino (Hispanic).
  • White/Other: Includes all self-identified Caucasian students or students who could not be placed into an ethnicity category because their ethnicity is unknown.
  • International: All international students are counted as international regardless of ethnicity. International status is determined upon entry to UC Santa Barbara based on students holding a non-resident visa status (e.g., F1).

First Generation: First generation college students are students whose parent’s or guardian’s highest level of education was less than a 4-year college degree.