Retention, Graduation, and Time-to-Degree by Entering Cohorts


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EOP: The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides assistance through mentorship, academic programs, financial assistance, counseling/advising, and other campus support services to those who are first-generation college students, and/or from low-income and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. More information is available via the UCSC EOP Site.

First-Generation Status: A student is considered first-generation if neither parent earned a four-year college degree. When the educational status of only one parent is available, a student is considered first-generation if the parent did not earn a four-year degree. If a student has no parental education status information available, they are considered unknown/other.

Pell Grant:  A Pell Grant recipient is any student who received a Pell Grant, a federal need-based grant awarded to low-income students for the purpose of obtaining a college degree, at any time while attending UCSC.

Underrepresented Group: Underrepresented Groups (URG) include students who self-identify as African American / Black, American Indian / Alaskan Native, and/or Hispanic / Latino.

Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR): The University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement is a reading and writing proficiency requirement. Each student must be able to understand and to respond adequately to written material typical of reading assignments in freshman courses. This ability must be demonstrated in student writing that communicates effectively to University faculty.

Graduation Rate: The percentage of students in an entry cohort who complete their degrees within a specified period. 

Retention Rate: The percentage of students in an entry cohort who are enrolled as of the third week of the fall of a year. 

Average Time-to-Degree:  The number of elapsed terms (excluding summer) between a student’s first term and degree term divided by three. Average Time-to-Degree calculations include Frosh graduating within 6 years and Transfers graduating within 4 years.