Graduation Rate

Graduation Rate is a universal measure of student achievement. Brescia University measures the five-year rolling average graduation rate and tracks first-time, full-time (FTFT) freshmen cohorts earning degrees. The following is based on the most recently confirmed data submitted to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) which is maintained by the federal government. The chart below reproduces the official numbers as found on the IPEDS website. These numbers reflect the graduation rates of a specific FTFT freshmen cohort thus, when reading the chart, the 2011 cohort reflects the 4, 5, and 6 year graduation rates for those freshmen who began their education at Brescia University in the Fall 2011.  

 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.