It takes 5.1 academic years for the average four-year graduate to complete a degree, reports the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Those who earned a two-year degree were enrolled for 3.3 academic years.
It’s common to switch between full-time and part-time enrollment and to transfer between multiple institutions.
Students who’d participated in dual enrollment programs in high school moved more quickly to a degree, the study found. The advantage was greatest for students pursuing an associate degree, who gained “a full semester of enrolled time.”
Time to Degree for Bachelor’s Degree Earners