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Disclosure of Bemidji State University Graduation/Completion Rates 

Bemidji State University is pleased to provide the following information regarding our institution's graduation/completion rates. The information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The rates reflect the graduation/completion status of students who enrolled during the Fall 2007 school year and for whom 150% of the normal time-to-completion has elapsed.

During the fall semester of 2007, 744 first-time, full-time, certificate or degree-seeking Undergraduate students entered Bemidji State University. After 6 years (as of August 31, 2013), 52% of these students had graduated from our institution or completed their programs.

 

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 Bemidji State University (BSU).

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 Bemidji State University students who started at the university in the fall of 2007. 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 BSU within six years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from BSU, 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 Bemidji State University. The 744 first-time, full-time students in the study were 18 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled at BSU in fall of 2007.

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

  • The graduation rate for BSU was 48 percent.
  • The transfer-out rate for BSU was 36 percent.
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for BSU was 83 percent. The national average combined rate for similar universities was 69 percent.

Why don’t more Bemidji 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

 

Bemidji State University

Graduation
Rate

Transfer-
Out
Rate

Combined
Rate

 

Total Cohort

48%

36%

83%

 

Race Ethnicity

 
 

American Indian or Alaska Native

*

*

*

 

Asian

*

*

*

 

Black or African American

*

*

*

 

Hispanic of any race

*

*

*

 

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

*

*

*

 

Nonresident Alien

*

*

*

 

Two or more races

30%

52%

83%

 

Unknown race and ethnicity

*

*

*

 

White

50%

35%

85%

 

Gender

 
 

Female

49%

36%

85%

 

Male

46%

35%

81%

 

Financial Aid

 
 

Pell Grant Recipient

41%

34%

75%

 

Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans

52%

35%

88%

 

Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell

47%

38%

85%

 

 

* Suppressed to protect student privacy.

 

While reviewing this information, please bear in mind:

  • The graduation/completion rate is based on 6 years of attendance that equates to
    150% of our longest program.
  • We have elected not to report our transfer-out rate because our university's mission does not include providing substantial preparation for students to enroll in other institutions.
  • The graduation/completion rate does not include students who were part-time, transferred, or who leave for national service. Students who died are also excluded.

Questions related to this report should be directed to:

Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
218-755-2764; oire@bemidjistate.edu

For more information contact:
Office of Student Development
and Enrollment
Deputy Hall 313
Phone: (218) 755-2075
Fax: (218) 755-3961

Office Hours:
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