CSULB’s graduation rates compare well to the latest available national data (from 2007). Campus rates for 2007 were above the average of 75 similar public Master’s institutions and CSULB increases since then are estimated to place the university among the top 10 percent of these institutions not only in overall graduation rate but also in rates for underrepresented students, for Latinos, African-Americans, and white students. For Asian and Asian-American students, increases are estimated to place the university among the top 20 percent.
Graduation Rates (Native Students versus Transfer Students). For engineering native students, the anticipated number of years for graduation is six years, and for engineering transfer students, it is four years.
Figure 1: Six-year graduation rates for engineering native students as compared against the total number of students who were admitted as engineering majors and graduated.
Native Students: Institutional data show that about 40% of native students, admitted as engineering majors, graduate from CSULB after six years. Figure 1 displays the last six Fall cohorts of native students for which six-year graduation data is currently available. Of those students who do graduate within the six-year range, about 20% receive engineering degrees. These figures implore stronger efforts toward developing the K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) outreach/recruitment so that native students arrive at CSULB more prepared.
Figure 2: Four-year graduation rates for engineering transfer students as compared against the total number of students who were admitted as engineering majors and graduated.
Transfer Students: When compared to native students, the degree completion trend for transfer students shows modest gains. Figure 2 displays the last nine Fall cohorts of transfer students for which four-year graduation data is currently available. On average, 53.3% of all transfer students graduate at the four-year mark. For engineering, this figure is 37.5%. Greater efforts are needed to enhance preparation at the community colleges, so that students can transfer to CSULB more prepared.