IRAP collaborates with the Undergraduate Education and Institutional Research departments on campuses to assess undergraduate student experience and learning outcomes, and provide decision support on factors influencing graduation rates, trends in degrees awarded, and outcomes.

Summary metrics can be found in the Student Success chapter of the UC Accountability Report (Chapter 3).

Undergraduate outcomes content and analysis is separated into the four categories below:

  1. Undergraduate student experience
  2. Persistence and graduation rates
  3. Degrees awarded
  4. Outcomes

Undergraduate student experience

Parenting students' experience and challenges at UC February 2019 PDF

February 2019

This topic brief provides a profile of undergraduate and graduate parenting students at the University of California. It examines their financial concerns, academic and social experiences and challenges, as well as their success at UC, by using responses from the University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) and the Graduate Wellbeing Survey (GWS).

Global Food Initiative: Food and Housing Security at the University of California PDF

UC is dedicated to ensuring the success of its more than 260,000 undergraduate and graduate students. This report provides information on the university’s latest data collection efforts and strategies for addressing basic needs security.

UCUES 2016 UC systemwide data report PDF

March 2017

UCUES collects a broad range of information about student academic engagement, academic experience, community and civic engagement, as well as goals and aspirations for the time at UC, growth in awareness of social, political and personal issues.

View the instrument here.

Adaptive Learning Technology Pilot May 2017 PDF

May 2017

UC is exploring the use of adaptive learning technology. This report presents the results of pilots at UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz who explored the use of Assessment and Learning Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) system.

UC undergraduate student research, expectations, experience and aspirations

UC Information Center

UC provides a rich environment for student research. Undergraduate students are engaged in various research activities and their post-graduation aspirations align with pursuing research.

Persistence and graduation rates

UC undergraduate non-completion January 2019 PDF

January 2019

This report provides some insight on students who start their undergraduate education at UC and do not complete their degree at UC and sometimes not at all. Non-completion and completion at other institutions is compared across selected social demographics.

Undergraduate retention and graduation rates

UC Information Center

Explore freshman and transfer retention and graduation rates, time-to-degree, graduation GPA, and units by campus, entry cohort, and demographic.

UC leads the way in enrollment and graduation of Pell Grant recipients PDF

November 2017

UC campuses compare favorably in both the share of Pell grant recipients enrolled and those students’ six-year graduation rates when compared to Association of American Universities (AAU) member schools and California State University (CSU) campuses.

See full interactive report here Link

Three-year degree pathways project PDF

In 2016, UC campuses developed three-year degree pathways for completing some of the most popular undergraduate majors on each campus. This report presents campus efforts to develop and promote these accelerated degree pathways.

Does income factor into graduation rates? May 2014 PDF

May 2014

IRAP presents UC data to contrast national data published in The New York Times Magazine article on Sunday, May 18th titled “Who Gets to Graduate?”

Degrees awarded

Degrees awarded at a glance

UC Information Center

Filter by degree type, broad discipline, academic year and campus location to discover gender and ethnicity percentages of degree recipients.

STEM degree pipeline and production Link

UC Information Center

UC continues to be a leading producer of degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) within California, producing nearly 50,000 STEM degrees in 2013-14.


California K-12 teachers educated at the University of California August 2019 PDF

August 2019

UC is an important contributor to California's K-12 educational system. This brief highlights UC's role in educating and training tens of thousands of California public school teachers.

Personal economic value of a UC degree June 2019 PDF

June 2019

This topic brief explores the impact of a UC degree on personal economic gain, both in terms of relative and absolute measures, including earnings, economic mobility, return on investment, non-salary compensations like health insurance and retirement plans, and homeownership. This research provides evidence that attending the University of California is a good investment.

UC's student veteran community May 2019 PDF

May 2019

This topic brief summarizes student veteran enrollment trends, demographic characteristics, fields of study, graduation outcomes, satisfaction with undergraduate experiences, and post-graduation employment trajectories.

Public economic value of a UC degree May 2019 PDF

May 2019

This brief examines the contributions of UC alumni to the state, federal and local economies. Data from the CLIMB initiative provides estimates of the state and federal paid by UC alumni and data from Pitchbook confirms UC alumni impact on productivity, entrepreneurship, and job creation. The report also considers the fiscal impact to California of college graduates lower utilization of social assistance programs.

Understanding the value of a UC degree September 2018 PDF

September 2018

Leveraging University of California data, state and national data sources, this brief discusses a framework to identify outcomes and preliminary metrics for demonstrating the value of a UC degree.

UC continues to lead in serving low-income undergraduates March 2019 PDF

March 2019

Data from U.S. Department of Education show that UC is unique in its commitment to enrolling and graduating Pell Grant recipients when compared to AAU private and public universities.

Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) summary data

UC Information Center

This dashboard presents summary results of student responses to UCUES by student demographics. UC uses results to better understand the academic and co-curricular experiences of students, assist with program evaluations, assess financial aid packages, and understand campus climate.

2016 Summer Sessions Pilot Outcomes July 2017 PDF

July 2017

In 2016, three UC campuses piloted initiatives that included financial incentives with the goal of increasing the enrollment of UC undergraduate students in the summer. This report presents the results of those pilots.

Advising Strategies for Timely Graduation December 2015 PDF

December 2015

UC engages in a variety of efforts to identify what factors foster student success and support timely graduation. The strategies presented in this report reflect a sample of existing practices and new plans for improving advising services that support timely graduation of UC students.

UC innovations in education are improving student outcomes February 2015 PDF

February 2015

UC is leveraging technology to promote student success. In January 2015, UC campuses came together to discuss strategies to increase student success at the Undergraduate Completions Conference.

IRAP experts and requests for additional information

IRAP experts: undergraduate outcomes

Tongshan Chang | Chris Furgiuele | Ryan Chan | Xiaohui Zheng | Brianna Moore-Trieu | Matt Reed | Yang Yang

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