Student Right To Know (Completion Rates)

In compliance with the Student Right-To-Know (SRTK) Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-542), Golden West College makes available its completion and transfer rates to all current and prospective students.

These rates are based on a limited cohort (or group) of students which are tracked for a three-year period. The cohort is limited, because it includes only students who entered Golden West College in the fall term as first-time, full-time students seeking a degree, certificate or transfer.

Golden West College Completion and Transfer Rates

Completion Rate: A student is included in the Completion Rate if they attained a certificate or degree or became “transfer prepared” within the three-year period. Transfer-prepared is defined as having completed 60 transferable units with a GPA of 2.0 or better.

Transfer Rate: A student is included in the Transfer Rate if, within the three-year tracking period, they transferred to another postsecondary institution prior to receiving a certificate or degree or becoming “transfer-prepared”.

The table below compares Golden West College’s Completion and Transfer Rates to the statewide community college average for Fall 2018 Cohort.

GWC State Wide
Completion Rate 41.84% 34.28%
Transfer Rate 8.82% 8.62%

Data Source: California Community Colleges Student Right-To-Know Rate Disclosure Website, This website includes information on the methodology, interpretation, statewide and other California Community Colleges completion rates and transfer rates.

Golden West College Graduation Rates

Graduation rates of full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates within 150% of normal time (i.e. 3 years) to program completion, by gender and race/ethnicity and transfer out-rate for the 2019 cohort.

Overall Graduation Rate Rate
Total 42%
Men 36%
Women 47%
American Indian or Alaskan Native 100%
Asian 58%
Black or African American 19%
Hispanic or Latino 31%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 25%
White 46%
Two or more races 35%
Race/ethnicity unknown 42%
Nonresident alien 50%
Transfer out-rate 9%

Graduation rates are based on the student’s completion status as of August 31, 2022.

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics - Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) – Retention and Graduation:


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