Your graduation rates may vary

It’s not a statistic highlighted in college pamphlets or admissions websites, but it’s a data point freshman should think about as they set up their dorm rooms this week:

Not all of them have the same chance of graduating.

White students are more likely to graduate than African-American students at almost all Michigan universities. And the gap between those graduation rates is growing at many schools.

Use the database below to see how your school has performed over the past decade:

  • Adrian College

    41.89688, -84.06303

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200245.9%50.0%
    200342.8%30.8%
    200451.0%22.2%
    200553.3%27.8%
    200647.1%14.8%
    200756.2%43.8%
    200854.5%25.0%
    2009N/AN/A
    201046.2%25.0%
    201151.7%40.0%
  • Albion College

    42.24507, -84.74611

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200270.4%66.7%
    200370.1%52.2%
    200473.7%N/A
    200573.6%N/A
    200676.5%75.0%
    200771.5%N/A
    200872.5%N/A
    200976.1%46.2%
    201075.9%51.5%
    201169.1%52.4%
  • Alma College

    43.38040, -84.67071

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200269.9%N/A
    200373.3%N/A
    200472.6%52.9%
    200573.8%N/A
    200670.9%N/A
    200771.5%N/A
    200870.7%N/A
    200967.4%13.3%
    201064.9%20.0%
    201167.8%50.0%
  • Andrews University

    41.96369,-86.35898

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200252.4%45.3%
    200357.7%50.8%
    200434.6%42.9%
    200548.6%55.2%
    200658.7%47.4%
    200753.3%48.1%
    200858.8%55.6%
    200956.1%68.4%
    201048.0%65.0%
    201161.6%69.7%
  • Aquinas College

    Grand Rapids, MI
    42.96048,-85.62738

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200254.6%N/A
    200354.2%N/A
    200454.3%16.7%
    200551.3%23.1%
    200653.4%N/A
    200757.2%N/A
    200849.4%40.0%
    200956.8%N/A
    201062.3%38.5%
    201154.9%21.4%
  • Baker College Center for Graduate Studies

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    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    2007N/AN/A
    2008N/AN/A
    2009N/AN/A
    201033.3%0.0%
    201116.7%N/A
  • Baker College of Allen Park

    42.27455,-83.20318

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    2010N/A0.00%
    2011100.0%N/A
  • Baker College of Auburn Hills

    42.65969,-83.24963

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    2007N/AN/A
    200811.1%N/A
    20099.1%N/A
    20105.6%0.0%
    20116.3%0.0%
  • Baker College of Cadillac

    44.26756,-85.37984

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    2007N/AN/A
    2008N/AN/A
    20094.5%N/A
    201026.3%N/A
    2011N/AN/A
  • Baker College of Clinton Township

    42.55346,-82.90926

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200813.8%N/A
    200914.5%6.3%
    201013.8%0.0%
    201124.2%0.0%
  • Baker College of Flint

    42.97574,-83.69622

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200213.0%N/A
    200320.0%N/A
    200440.0%N/A
    200523.1%N/A
    200614.3%N/A
    200720.0%N/A
    200813.0%0.0%
    200914.7%2.9%
    201012.2%0.0%
    201127.9%3.0%
  • Baker College of Jackson

    42.27830,-84.45182

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    2007N/AN/A
    20089.1%N/A
    200916.1%N/A
    201022.7%N/A
    20117.1%0.0%
  • Baker College of Muskegon

    43.24391,-86.19734

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    2007N/AN/A
    200812.5%N/A
    20098.0%N/A
    201010.3%0.0%
    201122.2%0.0%
  • Baker College of Owosso

    42.98592,-84.17203

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200813.0%N/A
    200914.0%N/A
    201011.8%0.0%
    201113.3%0.0%
  • Baker College of Port Huron

    42.97843,-82.46886

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    2007N/AN/A
    2008N/AN/A
    200920.0%N/A
    201024.0%N/A
    201134.9%N/A
  • Calvin College

    42.93085,-85.58779

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200273.0%N/A
    200375.5%N/A
    200476.6%61.5%
    200572.8%N/A
    200675.5%72.7%
    200773.5%N/A
    200876.6%N/A
    200974.5%40.0%
    201077.3%81.0%
    201177.8%42.9%
  • Central Michigan University

    43.58770,-84.77437

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200248.4%41.8%
    200354.3%34.1%
    200457.0%42.2%
    200557.4%38.1%
    200659.1%41.6%
    200758.8%40.6%
    200858.9%43.6%
    200958.7%45.2%
    201056.4%36.5%
    201156.2%32.8%
  • Cleary University

    42.58755,-83.88042

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    2005N/AN/A
    2006N/AN/A
    2007N/AN/A
    2008N/AN/A
    2009N/AN/A
    201038.9%0.0%
    201158.6%57.1%
  • College for Creative Studies

    42.36150,-83.06294

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200259.3%31.6%
    200358.2%37.5%
    200455.1%16.7%
    200568.7%18.8%
    200653.3%35.3%
    200752.8%33.3%
    200854.3%35.0%
    200970.1%27.3%
    201064.7%31.3%
    201164.5%33.3%
  • Concordia University-Ann Arbor

    42.27334,-83.68338

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200249.3%N/A
    200341.8%N/A
    200450.5%N/A
    200552.3%N/A
    200638.7%N/A
    200738.9%N/A
    200849.4%N/A
    2009N/AN/A
    201042.5%0.0%
    201142.1%0.0%
  • Cornerstone University

    42.98024,-85.59337

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200237.1%N/A
    200338.9%N/A
    200440.3%N/A
    200543.3%N/A
    200645.1%N/A
    200742.4%N/A
    200853.3%N/A
    200952.9%N/A
    201049.0%33.3%
    201144.7%40.0%
  • Davenport University

    42.84967,-85.53077

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200238.3%N/A
    200314.8%N/A
    200427.9%9.3%
    200526.8%8.6%
    200628.4%7.2%
    200733.3%10.8%
    200819.1%3.5%
    200924.8%9.3%
    201020.9%17.2%
    201126.6%8.3%
  • Eastern Michigan University

    42.24982,-83.62581

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200240.9%28.1%
    200340.4%27.4%
    200443.1%33.0%
    200542.1%26.0%
    200642.9%30.0%
    200743.2%25.3%
    200840.5%20.5%
    200945.2%25.1%
    201042.6%21.6%
    201143.9%26.2%
  • Ferris State University

    43.68749,-85.48104

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200230.0%2.4%
    200337.7%15.9%
    200435.5%16.2%
    200538.6%8.5%
    200636.7%12.8%
    200738.7%19.7%
    200845.2%15.2%
    200949.2%21.6%
    201050.4%26.9%
    201145.8%30.8%
  • Finlandia University

    47.12687,-88.58905

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200831.8%N/A
    200938.9%N/A
    201031.8%0.0%
    201140.8%0.0%
  • Grace Bible College

    42.91948,-85.69219

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200211.1%N/A
    200324.3%N/A
    200431.3%N/A
    200534.2%N/A
    200647.1%N/A
    200735.7%N/A
    200835.7%N/A
    200948.4%N/A
    201029.3%0.0%
    201134.6%N/A
  • Grand Valley State University

    42.96424,-85.67999

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200248.6%34.7%
    200350.1%39.3%
    200450.8%44.7%
    200553.6%46.5%
    200652.1%43.7%
    200753.0%47.5%
    200856.9%54.2%
    200961.4%55.3%
    201062.1%48.4%
    201163.9%56.4%
  • Great Lakes Christian College

    42.75374,-84.63879

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200736.0%N/A
    200836.4%N/A
    200927.3%N/A
    201026.1%0.0%
    201123.5%0.0%
  • Hope College

    42.78761,-86.10374

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200274.6%N/A
    200375.6%80.0%
    200473.7%N/A
    200575.6%N/A
    200676.6%72.7%
    200778.4%N/A
    200873.2%46.2%
    200979.9%50.0%
    201078.3%57.9%
    201179.8%81.3%
  • International Academy of Design and Technology-Troy

    42.55167,-83.11850

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    201030.0%14.3%
    201145.0%30.8%
  • Kalamazoo College

    42.29036,-85.59960

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200276.4%50.0%
    200377.7%70.8%
    200476.7%57.1%
    200579.9%N/A
    200683.1%90.0%
    200776.8%N/A
    200875.7%40.0%
    200976.7%70.0%
    201080.8%72.7%
    201183.1%76.9%
  • Kettering University

    43.01264,-83.71349

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200263.6%47.6%
    200360.0%46.7%
    200460.6%54.1%
    200563.8%41.2%
    200666.2%47.4%
    200758.3%41.2%
    200864.4%65.2%
    200961.1%32.4%
    201059.2%42.9%
    201162.8%36.0%
  • Kuyper College

    43.02194,-85.59270

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200757.6%N/A
    200844.2%N/A
    200934.1%N/A
    201039.5%N/A
    201154.8%0.0%
  • Lake Superior State University

    46.49318,-84.36301

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200238.7%N/A
    200343.3%N/A
    200439.5%N/A
    200539.7%N/A
    200643.4%N/A
    200736.7%N/A
    200837.8%N/A
    200925.8%N/A
    201039.3%20.0%
    201135.6%28.6%
  • Lawrence Technological University

    42.47493,-83.24955

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200244.7%20.6%
    200349.7%12.5%
    200452.8%14.3%
    200550.4%20.5%
    200648.9%25.8%
    200776.4%19.4%
    200850.5%12.5%
    200954.8%9.1%
    201053.9%4.3%
    201153.3%11.1%
  • Madonna University

    42.38429,-83.40459

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200251.9%N/A
    200352.9%N/A
    200451.5%N/A
    200544.4%12.5%
    200638.9%25.0%
    200750.3%14.3%
    200850.3%14.3%
    200933.6%13.3%
    201042.2%14.3%
    201148.2%15.0%
  • Marygrove College

    42.41535,-83.15736

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    2002N/A20.00%
    2003N/A20.40%
    2004N/A27.30%
    2005N/AN/A
    2006N/A16.70%
    2007N/A25.90%
    2008N/A11.10%
    2009N/A14.30%
    201066.7%38.9%
    201142.9%16.2%
  • Michigan State University

    42.72520,-84.47971

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200271.4%53.5%
    200372.1%54.6%
    200474.8%53.7%
    200577.5%56.3%
    200678.1%53.6%
    200777.8%59.1%
    200879.3%54.6%
    200981.0%58.7%
    201080.0%58.4%
    201180.9%55.4%
  • Michigan Technological University

    47.11888,-88.54629

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200266.4%33.3%
    200361.6%34.6%
    200464.2%41.2%
    200561.2%16.1%
    200661.7%50.0%
    200764.7%46.2%
    200866.0%47.8%
    200966.9%71.4%
    201066.4%36.8%
    201166.2%58.8%
  • Northern Michigan University

    46.55827,-87.40611

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200242.5%N/A
    200345.9%N/A
    200446.0%13.3%
    200535.1%17.6%
    200649.3%27.3%
    200749.1%10.5%
    200848.7%28.0%
    200946.1%33.3%
    201046.7%33.3%
    201149.3%8.0%
  • Northwood University-Michigan

    43.62982,-84.27795

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200257.5%33.3%
    200359.4%42.2%
    200449.7%35.9%
    200553.4%33.3%
    200655.6%29.7%
    200756.9%29.2%
    200851.8%28.4%
    200960.5%28.6%
    201052.3%40.6%
    201158.2%32.1%
  • Oakland University

    42.67355,-83.21654

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200243.3%21.6%
    200345.9%28.4%
    200447.9%23.1%
    200546.3%30.2%
    200647.8%33.3%
    200747.6%25.7%
    200846.1%23.7%
    200945.1%15.4%
    201045.3%11.7%
    201144.5%17.9%
  • Olivet College

    42.44175,-84.92358

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200230.1%32.8%
    200330.2%41.9%
    200439.3%35.9%
    200537.3%40.0%
    200637.2%16.7%
    200743.5%22.6%
    200838.5%27.9%
    200946.9%19.7%
    201047.9%21.1%
    201150.5%20.0%
  • Rochester College

    42.66684,-83.14624

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200224.2%5.9%
    200335.1%10.0%
    200424.2%21.4%
    200538.0%17.6%
    200633.6%N/A
    200736.4%5.9%
    200842.7%0.0%
    200948.6%30.0%
    201037.1%60.0%
    201140.6%36.4%
  • Saginaw Valley State University

    43.51319,-83.96445

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200232.4%14.3%
    200335.2%16.9%
    200437.0%24.6%
    200538.0%17.1%
    200637.1%7.8%
    200739.2%23.0%
    200840.2%12.6%
    200941.8%11.7%
    201045.5%21.9%
    201141.1%16.8%
  • Siena Heights University

    41.90609,-84.01552

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200249.7%0.0%
    200343.3%13.6%
    200449.0%21.4%
    200542.1%29.4%
    200644.6%52.9%
    200770.2%61.5%
    200837.7%25.0%
    200947.6%31.8%
    201046.1%61.5%
    201154.5%13.8%
  • Spring Arbor University

    42.20683,-84.55486

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200264.5%N/A
    200363.1%N/A
    200450.0%18.2%
    200560.2%18.2%
    200659.3%N/A
    200760.4%N/A
    200860.7%N/A
    200958.7%N/A
    201057.7%35.3%
    201158.1%35.7%
  • University of Detroit Mercy

    42.41427,-83.13806

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200265.1%40.5%
    200359.2%39.4%
    200461.8%33.8%
    200558.7%40.0%
    200660.5%33.3%
    200761.7%38.9%
    200866.7%36.2%
    200958.5%32.3%
    201061.3%34.8%
    201166.3%32.0%
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    42.27676,-83.73822

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200287.8%65.9%
    200388.5%67.0%
    200489.5%68.6%
    200592.0%71.9%
    200689.9%70.6%
    200790.6%71.7%
    200890.9%69.7%
    200994.6%78.9%
    201091.4%78.3%
    201190.8%77.6%
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn

    42.31870,-83.23403

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200247.8%22.6%
    200356.2%41.2%
    200450.6%28.6%
    200548.6%31.3%
    200649.9%20.7%
    200754.5%40.0%
    200855.0%38.1%
    200950.3%34.5%
    201055.0%32.4%
    201150.9%45.5%
  • University of Michigan-Flint

    43.01933,-83.68887

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200237.9%35.4%
    200340.4%35.2%
    200438.0%36.1%
    200538.7%22.9%
    200635.6%33.3%
    200735.6%20.5%
    200837.7%16.1%
    200947.3%27.3%
    201039.7%18.8%
    201139.6%27.0%
  • University of Phoenix-Metro Detroit Campus

    42.48230,-83.24261

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200712.8%0.0%
    200810.9%6.2%
    200910.6%10.6%
    201015.3%11.8%
    201115.6%12.7%
  • University of Phoenix-West Michigan Campus

    43.01849,-85.67747

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    20073.6%N/A
    20086.1%0.0%
    200910.6%3.8%
    201013.8%0.0%
    201111.1%4.8%
  • Wayne State University

    42.35821,-83.07016

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200244.0%12.3%
    200342.5%12.8%
    200443.6%10.0%
    200545.1%11.0%
    200644.9%10.1%
    200741.3%9.8%
    200844.2%8.7%
    200944.6%8.6%
    201043.6%10.0%
    201138.6%7.5%
  • Western Michigan University

    42.28325,-85.61568

    YearWhite graduation rateAfrican American graduation rate
    200256.4%33.6%
    200356.9%46.2%
    200455.6%47.8%
    200555.4%41.4%
    200655.3%40.2%
    200755.1%40.5%
    200855.9%51.0%
    200955.6%39.7%
    201053.0%45.7%
    201156.9%44.3%

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Comments

TIPLady
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 10:41am
WOW!! Is this data accurate? Is there a trace in place to determine whether or not an African American Student or majority student may have graduated from another institution after leaving the primary institution? I am appalled!! It looks like the graduation rate for our majority students is not that hot either! What can we do to increase retention among all students? I certainly hope that the answer will not be "creaming." Taking the best of the best and not provide opportunities for the rest of our students. ~The TIP Lady
Sat, 09/07/2013 - 8:24am
To the TIP Lady (Jennifer? Keith here) Yes the numbers are at least directionally correct... I'm not in the middle of the data but have been working diligently for the past 10 years or so to get as many people as possible to understand the cliff to which we are collectively marching. The numbers are not that great for majority students and much worst for minority students who will become the majority in about 20 years or so. The answer to fixing this is simple in concept... but extremely difficult in implementation. A handfull of schools do it everyday. They do what other schools don't ... they take responsibility for the success of their students instead of leaving that element up to "someone else". As a start, take a look at my blog at http://principiallc.com/principia-blog-site/. My wife, Dee, is working in the detail of the numbers and how they are affected by the approach (model) schools take. I'm working "in the spaces between" traditional approaches to see if we can't shake up the leadership paradigm...as that is where real change has to happen. Thing is we can't wait ... this needs fixing NOW!
Ron Lemke
Sun, 09/08/2013 - 8:31am
4 year colleges will never again be affordable. Quit thinking the best road to success ,happiness, and good earnings can only be accomplished with a 4 year degree. Prepare for careers and majors where there are actually jobs when you finish. Look at OJT, apprenticeships,military, 1 year and 2 year programs. The debt load for many is near impossible to handle once they finish. One trillion dollars owing in college loans. AMEN
Mark Higbee
Sun, 09/08/2013 - 9:11am
I believe that these data are the standard set of Federally compiled 6 year graduation rates, for students who start at an institution and graduate from it. If my assumption here is correct (and maybe I missed it being defined somewhere in the article), the data do not account for transfers (transferring in to a school and transferring out of it). This is a gap in all the data, nationwide. Despite this gap, it's clear that American higher education isn't doing enough to provide improved learning and graduation rates. The answer is NOT to lower standards, but rather to seriously engage the underlying problems, which requires substantial reform of our colleges and universities. See Derek Bok's OUR UNDERACHIEVING COLLEGES.
Mon, 09/09/2013 - 10:11am
I would like to know the source of the data. Regardless, I agree with Keith that the direction of the data is correct. A couple outcomes worthy of discussion at a State Level: - Michigan K-12 Schools are not preparing students adequately for post-secondary education. That preparation starts before High School. - Michigan Universities do not have adequate retention systems in place to support student retention on campuses (White and African American) - Something not discussed in this article, students who need the most help do not take advantage of retention programs at the university level. - The retention issue at Michigan Universities is especially true in technical fields. (STEM) Instead of looking at this as a negative, the identification of the problem brings forward the opportunity for improvement. If the State wants a workforce with higher skills and a college education investment in: K-12 educational programs, academic foundation and retention systems is critical. You are not going to be able to import enough international and out-of-state students to meet the demand for a future Michigan workforce. You have to work with young people we have here in this state and enable them to be successful.
John
Mon, 09/09/2013 - 4:09pm
Just curious on how the graduation rate is calculated. Are you measuring the amount of freshman who graduate from that same institution? So, would a transfer student be counted again a univeristy's graduation rate? If I started my education at one univeristy then transfer to another and graduated, would that reflect negatively on the first university's graduation rate?
Emily
Wed, 09/11/2013 - 12:15pm
Just to be clear, is the focus only African American students in your study? Where are the rest of the racial-ethnic students? The effects of graduation rates happen with all racial-ethnic students across the universities and colleges. The information is very important from an administrators perspective working to improve retention and persistance, but in order to have progress we have to look at the big picture including representation from all racial-ethnic groups.