LANSING – A larger percentage of college students earned success at a Michigan public university or community college in 2017-18, according to data reported by the Center for Educational Performance and Information.

Statewide, rates for university students increased across all years; while 3-year, 5-year and 6-year success rates for community college students increased. The rates can be found on CEPI’s MI School Data website ( under the “Postsecondary” menu.

Across the state’s 15 public universities, 75.7 percent of students achieved success within eight years of enrolling, up nearly a percent from the previous eight-year rate of 74.9 percent. Statewide, 45.8 percent of students at the state’s 28 community college students attained success within six years of enrolling, an increase of 2 percent over the previous year.

“Overall, the data show us that more Michigan university and community college students found postsecondary success last year than over the prior year,” said CEPI Executive Director Tom Howell. “The trend of students taking longer to find success continues to hold true.”

Statewide rates for public university students:

 Success Rate
4-Year Rate, first enrolled 2014-1551.5%
5-Year Rate, first enrolled 2013-1469.3%
6-Year Rate, first enrolled 2012-1373.3%
7-Year Rate, first enrolled 2011-1274.2%
8-Year Rate, first enrolled 2010-1175.7%


Statewide rates for community college students:

 Success Rate
2-Year Rate, first enrolled 2016-1720.3%
3-Year Rate, first enrolled 2015-1636.5%
4-Year Rate, first enrolled 2014-1542%
5-Year Rate, first enrolled 2013-1446.5%
6-Year Rate, first enrolled 2012-1345.8%


The success rate calculation defines student success as earning a certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree at a public university or community college; or transferring to a public university as a degree-seeking student from a community college.

The success rates report includes a breakdown of rates by student demographics, allowing users to view the metrics by race/ethnicity, gender, and race/ethnicity by gender.

A division of the State Budget Office, CEPI facilitates the collection, management and reporting of public education data required by state and federal law. CEPI’s MI School Data website is Michigan’s official education data portal to help residents, educators and policymakers make informed decisions that can lead to improved success for our students.