Most college students don’t graduate in 4 years, so the government counts 6 years as ‘success’

By: | October 11, 2021

Millions of freshmen are settling into college this fall, and 9 out of 10 of those pursuing bachelor’s degrees are confident they’ll finish in four years or less.

If history holds true, however, fewer than half of them actually will.

Colleges have gradually moved the finish line to give themselves credit for success if students graduate in six years—or even eight years, which is the measure used by the government’s newest consumer website, College Scorecard.

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