Sixty-six percent of the class of 2017 graduated within four years, UT announced, achieving the University’s largest ever jump between years in its four-year graduation rate — an increase of about five percent from the previous year.
UT-Austin says some of the gains followed targeted programming for students at-risk of graduating late. Its University Leadership Network, for example, has garnered national attention for its programming for 500 students with financial need annually.
Nearly two-thirds of students who entered the University of Texas at Austin as freshmen in 2013 graduated on time, reflecting significant improvement for the state’s flagship campus amid a national push to get more students through college in four years.
Graduation rates continue to climb at The University of Texas at Austin, with the four-year rate reaching 65.7 percent in 2017, up almost 5 percentage points from last year and setting a university record.
In 2012, the four-year graduation rate was 20 percentage points lower for UT-Austin’s poorest students than it was for its richest. Now, that gap is 11 points. And the overall graduation rate for students whose parents earn less than $40,000 per year has grown from 38 percent to 58 percent.
Among freshmen who enrolled in 2013, 65.7 percent graduated in 2017, according to figures compiled by UT. That is up from last year’s 60.9 percent graduation rate and the highest for the Austin flagship “in modern memory,” officials said.