Updated QoD: What percentage of students who started college in 2013 graduated within 6 years?

Dec 16, 2019
Question of the Day, Paying for College, Student Loans, Research

Answer: 60%

Here's the earlier QoD blog post that had data for the 2012 cohort. Slides have been updated to reflect up-to-date information.


  • Which school type has the lowest graduation rates? Which school type has the highest graduation rates? 
    • What might explain these large differences in graduation rates?
    • What has been the trend in graduation rates over the last 3-4 years for the public and private non-profit colleges? 
  • What do you think are the leading reasons that students do not finish college? 
  • What personal traits do you think it takes to earn a college degree?

Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

Behind the numbers (Completing College 2019 National Report):

Over 2.3 million people entered postsecondary education for the first time in the fall of 2013, an increase of 1.8 percent over the previous student cohort. Six years
later, 59.7 percent of them (1.4 million students) have completed anywhere in the U.S. This six-year completion rate is 1.4 percentage points higher than the previous
cohort’s rate, marking a new eight-year high since the start of this report series with the fall 2006 cohort.


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Supplemental resource: Want to increase your odds of graduating from college? Read this NY Times article that highlights 6 reasons you might not graduate and how to minimize that risk. 


About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.