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Curious about the college dropout rates of students in the United States? Find answers to the following questions like:
- How many students dropout of college every year?
- What is the US college freshman drop out rate?
- How much more does a college graduate make than a high school graduate?
Find data about college dropout rates and more below.
College Dropout Rates and Other Statistics
- 70% of Americans will study at a 4-year college, but less than 2/3 of them will graduate with a degree.
- 30% of college freshman dropout after their first year of college.
- 50% of college dropouts have annual incomes lower than $35,000.
- A college degree and education has more return on investment for a graduate in the United States than in any other nation.
- Being unable to balance school, jobs, and family is cited as one of the top reasons for dropping out of college.
- More than 75% of students who are required to take remedial college classes never graduate.
- 60% of college dropouts had no help from their parents in paying for tuition.
- A high school graduate earns 84% less than a typical graduate from a four-year college.
- 40% of college dropouts have parents who do not have a degree higher than a high school diploma.
- 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 after you subtract all the direct and indirect costs over a lifetime.
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*based on 2014 statistics