Student Outcomes

Student Outcome Data – Job Placement, Retention, Graduation, and Transfer-Out Rates

Job Placement for Graduates –
View the Career Outlook by Major on the Career Services website.

Job Placement Rates for Graduates – View the 2016-17 Graduate Follow-up Report for employment status of graduates within one year of graduation, by program.

Retention Rate

Bemidji State University is pleased to provide the following information regarding our institution’s retention rate for certificate-seeking or degree-seeking, first-time undergraduate students. This information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The rate reflects the retention of students who first enrolled in the Fall 2017 semester and continued their enrollment in the Fall 2018 semester. The retention rate is 71.6%.

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

Disclosure of Bemidji State University Graduation/Completion 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 2012. 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 748 first-time, full-time students in the study were 16 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled at BSU in fall of 2012.

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 46 percent.
  • The transfer-out rate for BSU was 34 percent.
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for BSU was 80 percent. The national average combined rate for similar universities was 75 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
Total Cohort 46% 34% 80%
Race Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaska Native 18% 27* 45%
Asian * * *
Black or African American * * *
Hispanic of any race * * *
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander * * *
Nonresident Alien * * *
Two or more races  30%  45% 75%
Unknown race and ethnicity * * *
White 48% 35% 83%
Female 50%  36% 86%
Male 41% 32% 73%
Financial Aid
Pell Grant Recipient 39%  36% 76%
Received neither Pell nor
Subsidized Stafford Loans
 52% 30% 81%
Received Subsidized Stafford Loans,
but no Pell
 45% 39% 84%

* Suppressed to protect student privacy.

Student athlete graduation and transfer out rates available here.

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.
  • 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 Research and Effectiveness
Phone: 218 755 2764
Deputy 331
Box #24