The U.S. Department of Education requires that all postsecondary institutions provide both prospective and current students with information concerning the performance of current students as an illustration of the likelihood of success. The law requires that the information includes the rate at which first-time, full-time certificate and degree-seeking students who attend the institution successfully complete their program. A student is considered to have successfully completed the program if he/she graduates within 150 percent of the time required by the program. For example, a student who graduates from a two-year program within three years has, according to federal guidelines, successfully completed the program.
The Bristol Community College graduation rate for first-time, full-time certificate and degree-seeking freshmen entering the College in the Fall of 2012 and graduating three years later (2015) was twenty-one percent (21 percent). Thirteen percent (13 percent) of the first-time, full-time certificate and degree-seeking students transferred to other institutions prior to completing their BCC program. The most current (2011) national graduation rate is 20 percent.
Note that the first-time, full-time certificate and degree-seeking freshmen population represents 15 percent of the Fall 2011 incoming class.
Aggregated Graduation Rate Data
|Fall 2011 Cohort||21%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||17%|
|Black or African American||12%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander**||100%|
|Two or more races||21%|
|Race and ethnicity unknown||19%|
|By Grant/Loan Recipients:***||Rate|
|Subsidized Stafford Recipients (No Pell)||32%|
|No Pell or Subsidized Stafford||43%|
*There are zero students in this category for the 2011 cohort.
**There was one student in this category for the 2011 cohort.
***These data are duplicated as students can receive multiple forms of aid.