U.S. College Dropout Rate and Dropout Statistics
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The infographic below uses the U.S. college dropout rate and other dropout statistics to answer the following questions:
- How many students dropout of college every year?
- Why do students dropout of college?
- Does dropout rate vary by gender?
- How much more does a college graduate make than a high school graduate?
Find data about college dropout rates and more below.
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College Dropout Rate and Other Statistics
- 56% of college students who started at a 4-year college drop out by year 6 of their college career.
- Full-time students are 55% less likely to drop out of college than students who go to school exclusively part-time.
- Students who start college before turning 20 have a 13-22% lower chance of dropping out than those who start college after turning 20.
- 70% of Americans will study at a 4-year college, but less than 2/3 will graduate with a degree.
- 30% of college freshmen drop out after their first year of college.
- On average, a college dropout earns 35% or $21,000 less each year than a college graduate.
- Being unable to balance school, jobs, and family is cited as one of the top reasons for dropping out of 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 2X more likely to be unemployed than those with a college degree.
- A study showed that children from low-income households were 7.6X less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree than those from well-off households.
- A male with a college degree earns approximately $900,000 more in gross median lifetime earnings than a male high school graduate.
- A female with a college degree earns $630,000 more in gross median lifetime earnings than a female high school graduate.
- According to a six-year study, about 20% more men drop out of college than women.
- A college degree has a higher return on investment for a graduate in the United States than in any other nation.
- More than 75% of students who are required to take remedial college classes never graduate.
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