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CSU Graduation Initiative 2025

In 2015, the California State University (CSU) launched Graduation Initiative 2025 (GI 2025), a plan to increase graduation rates, eliminate equity gaps and meet California's workforce needs. The CSU set systemwide graduation rate goals and set campus-specific goals for each of the 23 CSU campuses. The initiative also includes eliminating equity gaps in graduation rates for underrepresented minority students and for students who receive Pell Grants. For more information on Graduation Initiative 2025, please visit the CSU website.

Cal Poly's GI 2025 Goals

The goal for First-Time First Year Students is a 71% four year graduation rate and a 92% six year graduation rate. Transfer students have a two year goal rate of 45% and a four year goal of 93%. Another goal is to Eliminate equity gaps for underrepresented minority and Pell Grant-receiving students.

Cal Poly Graduation Rates 2018-2021

  2018 2019 2020 2021 CSU ESTABLISHED 2025 TARGET
First-Time Student 4-year 52.5% 57% 59.6% 60.7% 71%
First-Time Student 6-year 81.7% 82% 83.1% 85.2% 92%
Transfer Student 2-year 35.3% 36.1% 37% 37.4% 45%
Transfer Student 4-year 90.1% 85.1% 87.3% 84.8%

93%

Cal Poly Gap Data 2018-2021

  2018 2019 2020 2021 CSU ESTABLISHED TARGET
Underrepresented Minority 6-year Gap 9.4% 7.9%  7.4%  5.6%  No Gap
Pell Grant Recipient 6-year Gap 7.7% 5.7% 6.4%  5.0%  No Gap

Further information on systemwide graduation rates and gaps may be found on the CSU Student Success Dashboard (CSU campus login required).


Read about Six Outstanding Graduates from the Class of 2022Pictured are Cal Poly's Great Grads from the Class of 2022

The final two years of school for Cal Poly’s Class of 2022 included course quizzes and exams along with an acquaintance named COVID that required testing of a different kind. These were interesting times and posed unique challenges for the nearly 5,500 eligible to take part in this weekend’s six commencement ceremonies, June 11-12.

The graduates were attracted to the university for its Learn by Doing philosophy. They leave Cal Poly fortified by that ethos, ready to start careers or move on to advanced studies. Meet six outstanding members of the Class of 2022 — graduates prepared to bring to the world what they brought to their studies: curiosity; the ability to take on tough assignments; determination to do their best; and leadership and teamwork.

Read more about these graduates on the Cal Poly News.


CSU Program Helps Cal Poly Students by Removing Barriers to Success

A student studying alone in the library

To help support students and remove financial barriers to their success, the CSU began the Affordable Learning Solutions program in the 2016-2017 academic year. The program helps faculty members across the CSU provide access to Open Educational Resources to students in their courses.

Since the start of the program, 103,544 Cal Poly students have saved over $9,875,060 thanks to instructors using open educational resources in their courses. In addition to saving students money, instructors have been able to consistently refine their course materials. Read more about how the Affordable Learning Solutions program is helping students succeed.

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