Shocking Statistics About College Graduation Rates

Some of the Most Shocking College Graduation Statistics

Less than half of college students graduate on-time. Even after six years, less than 60% of students at 4-year colleges have earned a Bachelor’s degree. The track record for community colleges is even worse, with less than 20% of community college students earning an Associate’s degree or Certificate. That’s hardly a passing grade.

Key Factors Affecting College Graduation Rates

There are hundreds of factors that affect college graduation rates, but these are among the most significant.

  • 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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