What percentage of students graduate from a BA program?

Approximately 59.6 percent of students who begin their studies at a four-year institutions and are BA-degree seekers, graduate within six years of entering their program. Women have a slightly higher graduation rate than men (62.3 vs. 56.5 percent), and, besides students with Asian backgrounds, White students still graduate at much higher rates than minority students.

Table 1. Graduation rates within 150 percent of normal program completion time at Title IV institutions among students who started as full-time, first-time students, by race/ethnicity, level and control of institution, and gender (cohort year 2008)
                                                                              Percent graduating                                                                              
Level and control of institution and gender

Overall

American Indian or Alaska
Native
Asian Black or African
American
Hispanic or Latino Native Hawaiian or Other
Pacific Islander

White

All 4-year institutions (cohort year 2008) All Students

54.4

36.2 69.4 36.2 49.4 41.4

59.5

Degree Seekers
All Students

59.6

41.0 71.2 40.9 53.5 50.0

63.2

Men

56.5

38.6 68.0 35.3 48.9 49.9

60.1

Women

62.3

42.8 74.1 44.8 57.0 50.1

65.9

SOURCE: https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015181.pdf

 

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