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Four-year colleges graduate 53% in 6 years

June 3, 2009

More than 11.2 million freshman entered college in fall 2001, but just over 50 percent graduated from a four-year college within six years, according to a report, 'Diplomas and Drop: Which Colleges Actually Graduate Their Students (and Which Don't).'

The report, based on data reported by schools to the education department, cautions against comparing schools with different missions, but encourages families and guidance counselors to consider an institution's six-year graduation rate as they make decisions about where to apply and enroll. 

Colorado institutions and their reported six-year graduation rate %    

Colorado State University 62%

University of Northern Colorado 48% 

Colorado State University-Pueblo 36% 

University of Colorado Denver 39%

Colorado School of Mines 67%

University of Colorado at Boulder 67% 

Metropolitan State College of Denver 23%

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 41%

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