Most Do Not Finish College in 4+ Years

Sad, but true: most US students do not complete college in four years, reports Tamar Lewin (New York Times, December 1, 2014, “Most College Students Don’t Earn A Degree in 4 Years, Study Finds”).

diploma At US public universities, only 19% of students graduate in four years. Even at the flagship state universities, only 36% graduate in four years. Nationally, only 50 of more than 580 public four -year universities graduate the majority of their students on time. Causes include students not being able to get into courses they need when they need them, credits lost when transferring, and students not being ready for college level work. At community colleges the situation is worse:  only 5% of students graduate on time.

Delay in graduation costs students money. Students with loans must take on additional years’ of loans, adding to college debt. One study shows that two extra years in college increases debt by 70%.

Sarah C. Reese, Informed Educational Solutions

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