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The Importance of Graduation Rates in College Planning

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 3:00 AM

One aspect of college planning that is very important for ever family to consider is the institution's ability to graduate your student.  Graduation resized 600

Today, with the cost of a college education being so high it is no longer financially responsible to just hope or expect that your student will graduate within four years.  

Years ago the reason that some students took so long to graduate had more to do with the student than the university.  These days, more often than not it has more to do with the particular school than with the student.  

The reasons vary from school to school and by major.  In other words, not all majors will suffer the same graduation problems at the same school. For example, although many of Ivy League schools have very good graduation rates for undergraduate programs, it may not be the same for graduate students attending the same school.  

Recently I had the opportunity to review the microsite, The Chronicle of Higher Education and see what colleges had the worst graduation rates in the country.  Although, this site only looked at 3800 schools, it did provide a pretty decent overview of the situation.  Also, note that a good graduation rate is defined as a student graduating within six years according to this site.

Here are the top 25 private colleges and university with the best graduation rates.

1.    Harvard University, 97.4 percent
2.    Yale University, 96.3 percent
3.    University of Notre Dame 96 percent
4.    Princeton University, 95.7 percent
5.    Brown University, 95.6 percent
6.    University of Pennsylvania, 95.5 percent
7.    Dartmouth College, 95.4 percent
8.    Williams College, 95.1 percent
9.    Stanford University, 94.7 percent
10.    Wesleyan University, 94.4 percent
11.    Northwestern University, 94.4 percent
12.    Duke University, 94.3 percent
13.    Washington University - St. Louis, 94 percent
14.    College of the Holy Cross, 93.3 percent
15.    Vassar College, 93.3 percent
16.    University of Chicago, 92.9 percent
17.    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 92.9 percent
18.    Cornell University, 92.8 percent
19.    Georgetown University, 92.5 percent
20.    Columbia University, 92.5 percent
21.    Bucknell University, 92.3 percent
22.    Rice University, 91.6 percent
23.    Tufts University, 91.1 percent
24.    Boston College, 91 percent
25.    Middlebury College, 91 percent

Here is the list of the 25 Private colleges and universities with the worst graduation rates.

1.    Western Governors University, 6.5 percent
2.    Long Island University - Brooklyn, 17 percent
3.    Benedict College, 27.5 percent
4.    College of New Rochelle 30.1 percent
5.    Xavier University of Louisiana, 34 percent
6.    Barry University, 35.4 percent
7.    Florida Memorial University, 36.2 percent
8.    Bethune-Cookman University, 36.7 percent
9.    Hawaii Pacific University, 38.9 percent
10.    Columbia College Chicago, 40.5 percent
11.    Lynn University, 42.6 percent
12.    Clark Atlanta University, 43.1 percent
13.    Oklahoma Christian University, 43.9 percent
14.    Long Island University C.W. Post,  44.1 percent
15.    Lindenwood University, 44.9 percent
16.    Tuskegee University, 46.4 percent
17.    Curry College, 47.4 percent
18.    Campbell University, 47.8 percent
19.    Lee University, 48 percent
20.    Widener University, 48.1 percent
21.    New York Institute of Technology - Old Westbury, 48.2 percent
22.    Liberty University, 48.2 percent
23.    Franklin Pierce University, 49.1 percent
24.    University of Indianapolis, 49.8 percent
25.    Florida Southern College, 51.5 percent

When it comes to college planning it is so important that parents and students know the real facts about the schools they are contemplating.  Many times what we all perceive to be a good college or university may in fact be a bad choice for your student given their intended major and the graduation rates at that school.

The last thing any family or student wants to deal with is feeling stuck unable to graduate because classes are not available to meet the final requirements.  This is something that is not publicized, and many times a student finds out only when it is too late.

This is why you need to attend one of my FREE College Planning Workshops and get the real facts behind all the fancy websites and beautiful brochures.

I make it my responsibility to know as much as possible about the various colleges and universities so that you have the information you need to make the best informed decision.   All this helps you save time and money.  

So, please accept this personal invitation to attend my next FREE College Planning Workshop and get the real facts you need.
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