College Graduation Rates
February 12, 2013
Did you know that just over half of students who start full-time in a four-year bachelor's degree program will finish ... even after six years? For students who start full-time at a community college, fewer than three out of 10 will graduate with their associate's degree.
One of the best ways a university can save you money is to help your student graduate on time. Consider the additional costs if a student takes five, six, or more years to finish. Consider the cost if they never complete their educational goals!?
Although national graduation rates are not directly comparable to a university's own graduation rate (e.g. students who start at one college, transfer, and graduate at another would be included in national rates, but not a university's own reported graduation rate), graduation rates remain a good measure of a university's academic quality and commitment to student success. It's no surprise that U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of "Best Colleges" uses graduation rates in its quality formula.
With graduation rates available to the public, be sure to ask the colleges you are considering about this important measure!
In 2012 Cedarville's graduation rate was third highest among all colleges included in U.S.News' list of top Midwest regional colleges -- an important recognition for us, but more importantly, a promise delivered for our graduates and their families.
Your student's offer of admission to Cedarville University is just the start of our commitment. As our president, Dr. Bill Brown, reminds us regularly: "We are not recruiting freshmen. We are recruiting graduates." This is our promise to your student and to you as a parent!
Cedarville will begin investing in your student's future the minute they arrive on campus. The first week, every freshmen takes a free Career Direct assessment to be sure they start off in the right direction. Their faculty advisor then guides them through their academic plan. Walking across the stage at commencement is a significant achievement, and we'll celebrate with your student all the way. Their goal accomplished, your student will be equipped to take a confident step into the future.
But that's another story! More about Cedarville's outstanding placement rates coming soon ...