Highest 4-Year Graduation Rates

Most students enter college with a four-year plan, but changing or adding majors, retaking classes or taking time off for personal reasons can quickly extend that plan to five or even six years. While getting the most out of your college experience is important, taking additional semesters to earn your degree often means paying more in tuition and fees. The following schools had the highest proportion of students who graduated in four years, based on students who started in fall 2006.

School 4-year graduation rate
Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

73%
Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

73%
Assumption College

Worcester, MA

72%
College of New Jersey

Ewing, NJ

72%
Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, NY

72%
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva, NY

72%
St. Anselm College

Manchester, NH

72%
St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD

72%
Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

72%
Westminster College

New Wilmington, PA

72%
Juniata College

Huntingdon, PA

71%
Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

71%
Moravian College

Bethlehem, PA

71%
New England Conservatory of Music

Boston, MA

71%
Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT

71%
Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

71%
University of California—​Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

71%
University of California—​Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

71%
University of California—​Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

71%
Ursinus College

Collegeville, PA

71%
Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

71%
Allegheny College

Meadville, PA

70%
College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

70%
Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

70%
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Steubenville, OH

70%

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