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 2008. 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 2,371 first-time, full-time students in the study were 18 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled in fall of 2008.

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 50 percent.
  • The transfer-out rate for Minnesota State Mankato was 34 percent.
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate was 84 percent. The national average combined rate for similar universities was 70 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

50%

34%

84%

 
Race Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska Native

* * *

Asian

37%

34%

71%

Black or African American

30%

34%

65%

Hispanic of any race

46%

22%

68%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

* * *

Nonresident Alien

62%

15%

77%

Two or more races

49%

39%

88%

Unknown race and ethnicity

50% 22% 72%

White

52%

35%

86%

 
G
ender

Female

54%

35%

89%

Male

47%

32%

79%

 
F
inancial Aid

Pell Grant Recipient

44%

34%

78%

Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell

54%

34%

88%

Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans

47%

34%

82%

*Suppressed to protect student privacy