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Top 10 Colleges with the Best and Worst Graduation Rates

So you made it into the university of your dream. Have you checked your college’s graduation rates? Before taking a gamble on any public or private college, it’s important to know if you’ll be graduating in four years…or longer. The following colleges have the best and worst graduation rates. Is your university listed here? Because it may not be too late to switch…

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I dreamed a dream…

It’s a sad reality, but most college students who shoot for a four-year degree end up graduating much later than planned, and racking up even more student debt as a result.

Then there are the graduation hopefuls who don’t end up graduating at all, and find themselves without a degree, but with a lot of student loans to pay off…and no job in sight.

Top 10 Worst Private Colleges

If you’re going to one of these private colleges, then you’d better have a Plan B.

These pricey private colleges scored the worst graduation rates:

  1. Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah- Graduation rate: 6.5%
  2. Long Island University – Brooklyn, NY- Graduation rate: 17%
  3. Benedict College, Columbia, SC- Graduation rate: 27.5%
  4. College of New Rochelle, NY-  Graduation rate: 30.1%
  5. Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA- Graduation rate: 34%
  6. Barry University, Miami Shores, FL- Graduation rate: 35.4%
  7. Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL- Graduation rate: 36.2%
  8. Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL- Graduation rate: 36.7%
  9. Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI- Graduation rate: 38.9%
  10. Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL- Graduation rate:  40.5%

Top 10 Worst Public Colleges

Public colleges are a great option to save money on tuition. Still, they’re not free. You can plan on spending thousands of dollars on books and class fees. If you’re attending any of these public colleges, you should consider relocating to a different public college or a private university.

These public colleges have the lowest graduation rate:

  1. Southern University at New Orleans, LA – Graduation rate: 4%
  2. University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC – Graduation rate: 7.7%
  3. Kent State University-East Liverpool, East Liverpool, OH – Graduation rate: 8.9%
  4. Rogers State University, Claremore, OK – Graduation rate: 11.5%
  5. Texas Southern University, Houston, TX – Graduation rate: 13.3%
  6. Ohio University Southern Campus, Ironton, OH – Graduation rate: 13.7%
  7. Kent State University – Tuscarawas, OH – Graduation rate: 13.9%
  8. Purdue University North Central, IN– Graduation rate: 14%
  9. Cameron University, Lawton, OK– Graduation rate: 14.1%
  10. Ohio University at Chillicothe, OH – Graduation rate: 15.6%

Top 10 Best Colleges

According to Bloomberg, you can put your money on Williams College of Williamstown, Massachusetts. Out of all college students who apply for a 4-year bachelor’s degree, 93.25% graduate successfully. For a 6-year bachelor’s degree, a whopping 96.44% graduate.

All in all, these public and private universities have had the best graduation rates for a 4-year bachelor’s degree:

  1. Williams College, Williamstown, MA- Graduation rate: 93.25%
  2. Yale University, New Haven, CT- Graduation rate: 90.44%
  3. University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN- Graduation rate: 90.08%
  4. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ- Graduation rate: 89.92%
  5. Carleton College, Northfield, MN- Graduation rate: 89.14%
  6. Davidson College, Davidson, NC- Graduation rate: 88.96%
  7. Pomona College, Claremont, CA- Graduation rate: 88.94%
  8. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME- Graduation rate: 88.79%
  9. Babson College, Wellesley, MA- Graduation rate: 88.55%
  10. Duke University, Durham, NC- Graduation rate: 88.50%

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Sources:

Bloomberg, Best Graduation Rates: US Colleges

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