Persistence and graduation of postsecondary students aged 15 to 19 years in Canada: Interactive tool


The data used to create this interactive web application is from the following listed data tables:

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  • The data and methods are subject to revision. Percentages are calculated using rounded counts. Totals may not add up to the sum of all categories due to rounding. Estimates may not be available for all reference periods for all geographies, due to data limitations. Data with the symbol “E: use with caution” will not be displayed in all visual elements. See the technical reference guide "Persistence and graduation indicators of postsecondary students, 2011/2012 to 2021/2022" for further information.
  • The educational qualifications pursued and obtained by the new entrants are grouped according to the definitions in the Classification of programs and credentials.
  • An entry cohort is based on the new entrants to a program leading to a specific educational qualification who were enrolled full time during the fall term of that Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS) reporting year.
  • Persistence rate ‘x’ years after first enrolment: the percentage of students in an entry cohort that are still enrolled in the fall term ‘x’ years after the first enrolment.
  • Graduation rate ‘x’ years after first enrolment: the percentage of students in an entry cohort that have completed the requirements for graduation by the end of the calendar year within ’x’ years after the fall term of their entry year. The rate is cumulative.
  • Average time to graduation: the average number of academic years for the students to complete the program for the educational qualification of first enrolment.
  • Status of student in Canada is defined at the end of the winter term, during the first year of enrolment. "Canadian students" include Canadian citizens and permanent residents. "International students" include students studying in Canada on student visas, non-Canadian students in Canada on other types of visas, non-Canadians whose status is unknown, and students studying from outside Canada (for example, by Internet).
  • Age group is based on the age of students on December 31st of the first academic year in which they started the program leading to an educational qualification.
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