UNCSA by the numbers

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UNCSA by the numbers

The Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR) at UNCSA provides information to support the planning and decision-making processes of UNCSA in accordance with its mission and goals.  

The following data summarizes statistics of interest for UNCSA. Any questions or comments about these numbers should be directed to Elizabeth Davis in the Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research.

Undergraduate retention and completion

Graduation and transfer-out rates

Current graduation and transfer-out rates are also available on the Consumer Information page and for download. Last updated 10/12/2022.

Overall graduation and transfer-out rates

Graduation rates are the percentages of degree-seeking or certificate-seeking students who graduate or complete within 150% of the normal time for graduation or completion in their program. For example, for a four-year bachelor's degree the graduation rate is the percentage who graduate within six years. Transfer-out rates are the percentages who transfer to another postsecondary institution within the same 150% time period. The rates reported on this page are for first-time, full-time students whose first enrollment is fall of 2015.

Rates reported here are the percentages of first-time, full-time undergraduate and graduate degree-seekers and certificate-seekers first enrolled in fall semester 2015 who graduated within 150% of the normal time for completion in their degree or certificate program.

Gender 150% Rate Transfer-out
Men 69 18
Women 71 21
Total 70 19

Bachelor's degree graduation rates

Rates reported here are the percentages of first-time, full-time undergraduates first enrolled in fall semester 2015 who graduated within 6 years (i.e. prior to the start of fall semester 2021).

  150% Rate
All bachelor's degree students 70

Gender comparisons:

Men 69
Women 70

Race and ethnicity comparisons:

Non-resident 67
Hispanic/Latino 69
American Indian/Alaskan Native 100
Asian 60
Black/African American 70
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander ---
White 70
Two or more races 78
Unknown 25

Federal financial aid recipient comparisons:

Pell Grant Recipients 69
Federal Direct Loan Recipients Who Did Not Receive a Pell Grant 78
Recipients of Neither a Pell Grant Nor a Federal Direct Loan 65

 

Student achievement goals and recent performance

Current student achievement goals and recent performance data are also available on the Consumer Information page and for download. Last updated 10/12/2022.

First-Year Retention Rate

Percentage of first-time full-time undergraduate students in the fall semester who are still enrolled in the following fall semester:

  • Minimum acceptable threshold: 85%
  • Goal: 90 % for Fall 2021 to Fall 2022
Fall 2016 - Fall 2017 Fall 2017 - Fall 2018 Fall 2018 - Fall 2019 Fall 2019 - Fall 2020 Fall 2020 - Fall 2021
90.6% 87.6% 86.7% 91.0% 91.0%

Note: performance below the minimum threshold prompts an action plan.

*Original goals/thresholds based on 2015-16 and prior data.

Undergraduate Degree Efficiency

Number of bachelor's degree completions per 100 FTE students:

  • (29.6 credit hours = 1 FTE) minimum
  • Acceptable threshold: 19 completions per FTE
  • Goal: 23.5 completions per FTE by 2021-22
Academic Year 2016-2017 Academic Year 2017-2018 Academic Year 2018-2019 Academic Year 2019-2020 Academic Year 2020-2021
22.4 23.6 21.2 23.9 19.3

Note: performance below the minimum threshold prompts an action plan.

Rate spikes in 2016-17 and 2017-18 substantially exceeded the goal.

*Original goals/thresholds based on 2015-16 and prior data.

 

Five-Year Graduation Rate

Percentage of first-time full-time UNCSA undergraduates who complete a bachelor's degree from any accredited institution within five years:

  • Minimum acceptable threshold: 65%
  • Goal: 70.6% for 2017 cohort by fall 2022
Fall 2012 Cohort who Graduate Before Fall 2017 Fall 2013 Cohort who Graduate Before Fall 2018 Fall 2014 Cohort who Graduate Before Fall 2019 Fall 2015 Cohort who Graduate Before Fall 2020 Fall 2016 Cohort who Graduate Before Fall 2021
78.9% 79.0% 77.3% 76.3% 84.4%

Note: This measure is part of the UNC System Performance Agree. Performance below the minimum threshold prompts an action plan.

*Original goals/thresholds based on 2015-16 and prior data.

Six-Year Total Completion Rate

UNCSA selected the “Six-Year Total Completion Rate” to be our Student Completion Indicator to inform our institutional accreditor, The Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This measure effectively captures the ultimate success of students who begin a degree at UNCSA and complete the degree here or at another institution within six years.

Minimum Acceptable Threshold: 75.0% or Higher (Based on 2010 baseline of 71.1%)

Starting Fall Semester at UNCSA

Fall 2010
before
Fall 2016
Fall 2011
before
Fall 2017
Fall 2012
before
Fall 2018
Fall 2013
before
Fall 2019
Fall 2014
before
Fall 2020
Fall 2015
before
Fall 2021
71.1% 79.8% 80.7% 81.6% 79.2% 78.8%

Fall 2015 entry is the percentage of UNCSA freshmen who
started then and graduated from any U.S. university before Fall 2021.

 

How do we compare?

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Data Feedback Report compares UNCSA data with other institutions. Below is are two Data Feedback Reports. The first report, UNCSA Peer Institutions Report, compares UNCSA to its public and private arts peers. The second report compares UNCSA to the other institutions within the University of North Carolina System.

UNCSA Common Dataset (CDS) Reports

The Common Data Set is a collaborative effort among higher education institutions and publishers such as the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report, to provide accurate information to students transitioning into colleges and universities. Below are UNCSA's responses to the Common Data Set.