Shocking Statistics About College Graduation Rates

Some of the Most Shocking College Graduation Statistics

Key Factors Affecting College Graduation Rates

  • More than 80% of students with a 3.5 to 4.0 unweighted high school grade point average (GPA) graduate from college with a Bachelor’s degree within six years, compared with only 49% of students with a 2.0 to 2.9 GPA and a quarter of students with less than a 2.0 GPA. (Similar trends are true across income levels and first-generation college student status.)
  • Students with a high school class rank in the top 75th percentile are five times more likely to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree within six years, as compared with students in the bottom 25th percentile.
  • Students who drop out of high school and get a GED are half as likely to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree as compared with students who earn a high school diploma.

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