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
St. Michael's College

Colchester, VT

77%
Trinity College

Hartford, CT

77%
University of North Carolina—​Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

77%
University of Richmond

Univ. of Richmond, VA

77%
Wheaton College

Norton, MA

77%
St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY

76%
Union College

Schenectady, NY

76%
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

76%
University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

76%
Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

76%
Clark University

Worcester, MA

75%
Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

75%
College of St. Benedict

St. Joseph, MN

74%
DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

74%
George Washington University

Washington, DC

74%
Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

74%
Sewanee—​University of the South

Sewanee, TN

74%
St. Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

74%
St. Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN

74%
University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

74%
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

74%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

74%
American University

Washington, DC

73%
Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

73%
Austin College

Sherman, TX

73%
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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