Some colleges graduate most students within six years; some graduate only a few. Students should know their odds, write Frederick Hess, Andrew Kelly an dMark Schneider in Forbes. Their American Enterprise Institute report on graduation rates looked at colleges enrolling first-time, full-time students with similar qualifications.
. . . the “competitive” category . . . contains institutions that take students with average scores of 500 to 572 on each of the SAT’s three sections (math, critical reading and writing) and GPAs that range from C to B-; they tend to accept 75% to 85% of their applicants. When we ranked the 660 schools in this category by their graduation rate, the average for the bottom 10 places was shockingly low–only 20%. In contrast, the average graduation rate for the top 10 schools in the category was about 75%. The schools ranked near the bottom of the competitive category include Chicago State University in Illinois (16% six-year graduation rate), Coppin State University in Maryland (19%), and Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus in New York (21%).Schools in the top include Merrimack College in Massachusetts (78%), Westminster College in Pennsylvania (76%) and Moravian College in Ohio (75%).
Overall, about half of high school graduates who go to four-year colleges earn a degree in six years.