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Completion and Graduation

Graduation Rate

The Student Right to Know Act requires Strayer University to report a graduation calculation that includes only the following population: full-time, first-time, undergraduate, degree/certificate seeking students who enroll at Strayer University during a fall quarter. This population is identified each year and followed for up to 6 years to determine the percentage of graduating students. Because the majority of Strayer University’s students are either part-time students or transfer students who have previously attended an institution of higher education, this rate only represents 91 students, which is 0.25% of the University’s student body in Fall 2013.

For the cohort of students entering Fall 2013, the Student Right to Know Act graduation rate was 28.6 percent. This data is updated by July 1 of each year.

Strayer University does not disaggregate this data by gender, racial and ethnic subgroup or receipt of different categories of financial aid as the resulting number of students in these subgroups is insufficient to provide with confidence and confidentiality.

Retention Rate

Each year, Strayer University reports its retention rate to the U.S. Department of Education. These rates measure the percentage of first time, Bachelor degree seeking undergraduate students who returned to Strayer University to continue their studies the following fall quarter. The percentage of students who began their studies in Fall 2018 and returned in Fall 2019 following the Department of Education method, was 45 percent for first-time, full-time students and 38 percent for first-time, part-time students. It is important to note that this rate does not include new students entering with transfer credit, new students seeking undergraduate certificates, diplomas, or Associate degrees, or new students seeking graduate certificates, diplomas, or Master’s degrees at Strayer University. Many Strayer students attend for one or more terms, take a term off, then return to their studies. Additionally, many new Strayer students enter the University with transfer credits. These students are not included in the retention rate calculated following the Department of Education method.

Placement Rates

Strayer University is not required by any state or regional accrediting agency to calculate placement rates. The Strayer University alumni survey contains the following question: “Are you currently employed?” In 2019, 88% of respondents who were three years after graduation indicated in response to this question that they were employed (85% full-time, 3% part-time). The response rate for this population is 39%, and includes responses from both our undergraduate- and graduate-level alumni. This information does not address whether the graduate was employed in a field related to his or her studies, and it does not address whether the graduate already had a job while enrolled at Strayer and/or advanced to another job after graduation.

Cohort Default Rate

Strayer University’s latest available (FY 2016) cohort default rate, as calculated by the U.S. Department of Education, is 10.4 percent.