Graduation Rate

Graduation Rate is a universal measure of student achievement.  Brescia University measures the five-year rolling average graduation rate and tracks FTFT (first-time, full-time) freshmen cohorts earning degrees.  The following is based on data submitted to IPEDS, as well as other additional information reported by the Enrollment and Registrar’s Offices:

 4-year5-year6-yearOverall Graduation RateTotal Number of Graduates from CohortTransfer Out Students
2007 Cohort: 94 Students16%30%30%30%2850
2008 Cohort: 113 Students11%26%27%27%2942
2009 Cohort: 127 Students13%29%29%29%3869
2010 Cohort 113 Students13%25%27%27%31**
2011 Cohort 150 Students26%37%39%39%5865
Five Year Average16%29%30%30%3757

**data not yet reported

Brescia University considers the above five-year rolling average to be acceptable result for the following reasons:

  • The University’s Retention Rate is improving, with a benchmark in place to improve it further;
  • The University enjoys a Block-Transfer Agreement with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), which leads to a  significant number of students transferring in to Brescia University. During the six (6) years above that contain IPEDS data, the following numbers and percentages confirm this:
    • 184 FTFT cohort students (of 597 who began) graduated with six (6) years of entering Brescia.
    • Approximately 226 students transferred during a four year period. 
  • The following chart provides specific numbers of Brescia University students receiving baccalaureate degrees over the past five (5) years, beginning with 2014:

Number of Baccalaureate Graduates in Graduating Classes

2018: 167

2017: 162

2016: 164

2015: 137

2014: 93


  • Finally, the University offers a number of pre-professional programs (engineering and some pre-medical programs) that do not result in a Brescia-conferred degree; however, these students go on either to complete their baccalaureate degree and/or earn advanced degrees at other institutions. Because they received their prerequisites at Brescia University, the University values, and thus reflects, these students though they are not reflected in IPEDS data.