Student Achievement

Student achievement is at the very heart of all we do at UCF. The success of UCF’s students is a primary goal of our Collective Impact strategic plan and is a key initiative and investment for the university. In fact, UCF has identified improving student success as one of its top three priorities in its Accountability Plan submitted annually to the Florida Board of Governors. The annual Accountability Plan helps to align the strategic direction and priorities for each of Florida’s public universities with State University System-wide goals. These plans track several metrics for student achievement but individual universities have the opportunity to define their own local priorities. In that regard, while UCF invests heavily in student success for all student populations across the undergraduate and graduate levels, UCF has identified the following student achievement improvement priorities:

    • increased retention rates
    • increased four-year graduation rates
    • shortened time to degree
    • reduced excess credit hours

These priority areas are operationalized for measurement below along with corresponding goals and outcomes, as reported in the university’s 2019 Accountability Plan. UCF Accountability Plans, current and historical, address additional goals and measures of student achievement and are available for public access on the Florida Board of Governors’ website.

Student Achievement Priority Metrics


Freshman Retention Rate [Full-time students]

  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Actual 88 89 89 89.6 90.4 . . . .
Approved Goals . . 89 90 90 91 91 92 .
Proposed Goals . . . . . 91 91.5 92 92.4


Four-year Graduation Rate [Full-time students]

  2010-14 2011-15 2012-16* 2013-17 2014-18 2015-19 2016-20 2017-21 2018-22
Actual 40.0 40.4 43.6 43.7 45.7 . . . .
Approved Goals . . 42 46 44.7 46.0 47.8 50.1 .
Proposed Goals . . . . . 46.8 48.0 50.1 51.0
*Note: Florida statute requires using older graduation rates as reported by IPEDS


Time to Degree for First Time in College Students in 120 Hour Programs

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Actual 4.6 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 . . . .
Approved Goals . . 4.3 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 .
Proposed Goals . . . . . 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2


Percent of Baccalaureate Degrees Awarded Without Excess Hours

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Actual 66.9 69.2 66.3 76.4 77.8 . . . .
Approved Goals . . 69 68 76.8 77.3 77.7 78.0 .
Proposed Goals . . . . . 78.1 78.7 79.1 79.4