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
University of California—​Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

53%
University of Northwestern—​St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

53%
University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

53%
Wheelock College

Boston, MA

53%
Alaska Pacific University

Anchorage, AK

52%
Augustana College

Sioux Falls, SD

52%
Berry College

Mount Berry, GA

52%
College of St. Rose

Albany, NY

52%
Mills College

Oakland, CA

52%
Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

52%
Purchase College—​SUNY

Purchase, NY

52%
SUNY College—​Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

52%
SUNY—​New Paltz

New Paltz, NY

52%
University of New England

Biddeford, ME

52%
Walsh University

North Canton, OH

52%
California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

51%
Chatham University

Pittsburgh, PA

51%
Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

51%
DePaul University

Chicago, IL

51%
Eastern University

St. Davids, PA

51%
Flagler College

St. Augustine, FL

51%
Geneva College

Beaver Falls, PA

51%
Georgetown College

Georgetown, KY

51%
Hollins University

Roanoke, VA

51%
Illinois College

Jacksonville, IL

51%

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