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# Student Right-To-Know

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/instres/right_to_know.html

Student Right-To-Know is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to disclose certain information to students. This handout provides the information that a university must provide to students on graduation rates and transfer-out rates for full-time students seeking degrees at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

What is Student Right-To-Know?
Student Right-To-Know is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to disclose certain information to students. This handout provides the information that a university must provide to students on graduation rates and transfer-out rates for full-time students seeking degrees at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

What is a graduation rate and what is a transfer-out rate?

Federal regulations specify how to calculate the graduation and transfer rates. The rates come from a study of Minnesota State Mankato students who started at the university in the fall of 2011. The study includes all first-time students who enrolled full-time that fall and were seeking to earn a degree at the university. The graduation rate is the percentage of these students who graduated from Minnesota State Mankato within six years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from Minnesota State Mankato, but instead transferred to another college or university within six years.

What do I need to know about these rates?

These rates do not report on all students at Minnesota State Mankato. The 2,525 first-time, full-time students in the study were 18 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled in fall of 2011.

What are the graduation and transfer-out rates for Minnesota State University, Mankato students and how do they compare to rates for other universities?

• The graduation rate for Minnesota State Mankato was 48 percent.
• The transfer-out rate for Minnesota State Mankato was 36 percent.
• The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate was 74 percent. The national average combined rate for similar universities was 73 percent.

Why don't more Minnesota State University, Mankato students graduate or transfer in six years?

• Some students take jobs before they graduate;
• Students who switch from full-time to part-time enrollment or "stop out" for one or more semesters are more likely to take more than six years to graduate;
• Other students delay their education for personal, family or financial reasons.

 Disaggregated Student Right-To-Know Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates Minnesota State University, Mankato Graduation Rate Transfer-out Rate Combined Rate Total Cohort 48% 36% 84% Race Ethnicity American Indian or Alaska Native * * * Asian 39% 35% 74% Black or African American 19% 52% 71% Hispanic of any race 24% 42% 66% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander * * * Nonresident Alien 61% 17% 78% Two or more races 37% 39% 76% Unknown race and ethnicity 64% 13% 78% White 51% 35% 86% Gender Female 51% 36% 87% Male 44% 36% 80% Financial Aid Pell Grant Recipient 38% 41% 79% Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell 54% 33% 87% Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans 50% 36% 86%

*Suppressed to protect student privacy