College Dropout Rates & Statistics

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College Dropout Rates and Statistics

  • A college education has more return on investment for a graduate in the United States than any other nation.
  • More than 75% of students required to take remedial classes never graduate.
  • Seventy percent of Americans will study at a 4-year college, but less than 2/3 will graduate.
  • Thirty percent of college freshman dropout after their first year.
  • Sixty percent of college dropouts had no help from parents in paying for tuition.
  • A high school graduate earns 84% less than a typical graduate from a four-year college.
  • Being unable to balance school, jobs, and family is one of the top reasons for dropping out.
  • Forty percent of college dropouts have parents with nothing beyond a high school diploma.
  • Fifty percent of college dropouts have incomes lower than $35,000.
  • Those without a college degree are twice as likely to be unemployed as those with one.
  • A college degree is worth $365,000 for the average American man after you subtract all the direct and indirect costs over a lifetime.
  • A college degree is worth $185,000 for the average American woman.

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