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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%


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 2021Pictured are Cal Poly's Great Grads from the Class of 2021

Members of Cal Poly’s Class of 2021 overcame one of the most challenging years in school history. All graduates left ready to become future leaders, innovators and problem-solvers — skills earned through studies steeped in a hands-on learning environment and working shoulder-to-shoulder with classmates and faculty members.

Meet six outstanding members of the Class of 2021, individuals who overcame those and other challenges and crafted their own stories of how their university experience has prepared them for new challenges. 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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