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Minnesota State College Southeast
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Student Right-to-Know
Graduation and Transfer-Out 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 college must provide to students on graduation rates and transfer-out rates for full-time students seeking degrees at Minnesota State College Southeast.

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 MSC Southeast students who started at the college in the fall of 2017. The study includes all first-time students who enrolled full-time that fall and were seeking to earn a degree, diploma or certificate at the college. The graduation rate is the percentage of these students who graduated from MSC Southeast within three years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from MSC Southeast, but instead transferred to another college or university within three years.

What do I need to know about these rates? 

These rates do not report on all students at MSC Southeast. The 179 first-time, full-time students in the study were 9 percent of all students enrolled at MSC Southeast in fall of 2017.  

What are the graduation and transfer-out rates for Minnesota State College Southeast students and how do they compare to rates for other colleges?

  • The graduation rate for MSC Southeast was 38 percent. 
  • The transfer-out rate for MSC Southeast was 16 percent. 
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for MSC Southeast was 54 percent. The national average combined rate for similar colleges was 45 percent.

Why don't more Minnesota State College Southeast students graduate or transfer in three 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 three years to graduate;
  • Other students delay their education for personal, family or financial reasons.
Disaggregated Student Right-To-Know Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates
Minnesota State College Southeast  Graduation
Transfer-out Rate   Combined
Total Cohort   38% 16% 54%
Race Ethnicity  
American Indian or Alaska Native * * *
Asian * * *
Black or African American * * *
Hispanic of any race 30% 30% 60%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander * * *
Two or more races * * *
Nonresident Alien * * *
Unknown race and ethnicity * * *
White 41% 16% 56%
Female 30% 26% 57%
Male 43% 9% 52%
Financial Aid
Pell Grant Recipient 34% 15% 49%
Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell 46%      14% 61%
Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans 29% 21% 50%

* Suppressed to protect student privacy.

Due to rounding, percentages may not always appear to add up. Updated 6/14/2021

Additional Information

Additional information may be found through the federal government's College Scorecard and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).




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