Graduation Rates

Completion/Graduation Rates (HEA Item 25)

Institutions are required to disclose the completion or graduation rates of certificate- or degree-seeking, first-time, full-time, undergraduate students by July 1 of each year for the most recent cohort that has had 150 percent of normal time for completion by August 31 of the prior year. This information is collected in the IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey (GRS). The following charts comply with requirements for the Student Right to Know and the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

Some students graduate in 4 years but many take 5 or 6 years or more to earn degrees. The most frequently cited graduation rate is the IPEDS 6-year graduation rate which tracks a specific cohort of students and records their graduation status at 150% time or 6 years. Once set, cohort can be modified only for very few reasons. This rate does not include students who transfer to (and graduate from) another institution. This cohort is tracked to determine the graduation status at the same institution within 150% time (6 years).

Things to know about 6-year graduation data

  • Official graduation rates are based on an entering Fall cohort composed of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen. The cohort is identified as of the 14th day of class.
  • These freshmen must be enrolled in a college for the first time in the Fall Semester with provisions for Summer.
  • They must be full time — at UNO this means enrolled for 12 hours or more.
  • They must be degree-seeking.
  • This cohort is tracked to determine the graduation status within 150% time (6 years)

Some freshmen are not eligible to be in the cohort

  • Part-time freshmen are NOT part of the cohort.
  • New freshmen who enrolled in Spring are NOT part of the cohort.
  • Freshmen who transfer into UNO are NOT part of the cohort.
  • Freshmen who do not enter as degree-seeking are NOT part of the cohort.
  • Rates do NOT include any who take longer than 6 years to graduate.
  • Rates do NOT include those who leave to serve in the armed forces or official church missions.
  • Rates do NOT include those who transfer and graduate from another college.