Aspirations are sky high in the Profile of This Year’s Freshmen by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute: Notice that fewer than 1 percent aim for a vocational certificate or associate degree and only 20 percent think a bachelor’s degree is enough. Three-fourths of college freshmen hope to earn a master’s, medical or law degree or a PhD.
This is wildly optimistic. Only 57 percent of college freshmen at four-year institutions complete a degree of any kind in six years. About 27 percent of adults have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher.