According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics latest report, The Condition of Education, the 2011 graduation rate for full-time, first-time undergraduate students who began their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year degree-granting institution in fall 2005 was 59 percent. That is, 59 percent of full-time, first-time students who began seeking a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year institution in fall 2005 completed the degree at that institution within 6 years. The report indicates the percentage of students that complete their program within 150 percent of the normal time for completion, that is, within 6 years for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Students who transfer and complete a degree at another institution are not included as completers in these rates.

Figure 1. Percentage of students seeking a bachelor’s degree at 4-year degree-granting institutions who completed a bachelor’s degree within 6 years, by control of institution and sex: Starting cohort year 2005

 Figure 1. Percentage of students seeking a bachelor's degree at 4-year degree-granting institutions who completed a bachelor's degree within 6 years, by control of institution and sex: Starting cohort year 2005

New Saint Andrews College’s graduation rate was 20 percentage points higher than the national average, or 79 percent. Among all Idaho institutions, NSA’s graduation rate was the highest. All of the state’s private 4-year colleges and universities were above 50 percent. All the state’s public colleges and universities were significantly below 50 percent, except for the University of Idaho (51 percent).

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