Retention & Graduation

The retention and graduation Indicators provide summary and detailed reports that track student progress in the traditional and last major approaches. More explanations/definitions about these two tracking approaches are available here.

Last Major Tracking Approach (based on academic major at graduation or last major at the end of a given time period)


Traditional Tracking Approach (based on student's entering major)



The number of Degrees Awarded beginning with the 2003-2004 college year. Headcount and degrees awarded by term can be obtained by selecting the appropriate data filter.

Average time to degree (TTD) is a length of time it takes a student from entering semester to graduation. It is a measure of the time lapse between matriculations to degree completion. Note: Time to degree of 5.5 = 5 years and 6 months.

Regularly Admitted First-Time Freshmen proficiency and remediation in Math and English can be accessed through the CSU Office of the Chancellor.

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Graduation Rate: 55%


San Francisco State University is pleased to provide the following information regarding our institution's graduation rates. The information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990). The rates reflect the graduation/completion status of students who enrolled during the 2014-2015 school year and for whom 150% of the normal time-to-completion has elapsed.

During the Fall of 2014, 3,630 first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen entered San Francisco State University. After 6 years (as of August 31, 2020), 55% of these students had graduated from our university.

While reviewing this information, please bear in mind:

The graduation and continuation rates are based on 6 years of attendance that equates to 150% of our longest program.

This one-page summary is for public information as required by federal law. The intent is to present the required information in the context in which it should be considered.

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