By Completion Rate, we are referring to the percentage of Undergraduate students from the initial enrolment cohort that completed the degree course through to graduation. The completion rate is based on a graduating cohort from the most recent year for which you have data available. By a “graduating cohort” we mean the group of people who will graduate in the same year.
For example, in the US, most degrees are done in four years, therefore the graduating cohort in 2015 would be people who began their programmes in 2011. In this case, we would need the number of students who began in 2011 (say, 10,000) and the number of students from that group who graduated in 2015 (say, 9,000, or 90%). If the university doesn’t have a typical length of time for programmes, or these vary between programmes, we would be looking for the number of people who graduated on time. For example, the 2016 cohort can be defined as: 1) students doing a 3 year degree who began studying in 2013, as well as 2) students doing a 4 year degree who began studying in 2012, as well as 3) students doing a 6 year degree who began studying in 2010. If most of the university’s degree programmes are the same length, please provide us the number of students which begun studying and graduated on time. If the programme length is variable, please submit data as per the example above.