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Maryland’s Public Colleges Graduation Rates, Surprising

Graduation Rate Details

One of the main factors to research and consider when assessing a college is their graduation rate. To me, this is the strongest indicator of how well they are doing the job of graduating students, which after educating, is the the second most important characteristic. Before you see this surprising chart, realize that the average four year graduation rate in the U.S. is only 37%. The rate is so low because many students do not get the financial or parental support during college which allows them to continue. Other students see college as a big party or do not transition effectively into the four-year institution.

Generally the better the students the better the graduation rates, but the schools’ policies also have a real effect. So many families make decisions about colleges based on vague knowledge. My focus is to make sure that the statistics are favorable and the right questions have been asked.

The below information is from the website www.CollegeMeasures.org :

How do the state’s four-year public colleges compare in regard to graduation rate outcomes?

College↓ System↓ Overall↓ White students↓ Black students↓ Hispanic students↓ Asian students↓ Pacific Islander students↓ American Indian & Alaska native students↓ Nonresident alien students↓ 2 or more races students↓ Unknown students↓
Bowie State University University System of Maryland 34.6 % 0.0 % 35.0 % 25.0 % 37.5 % No Data 50.0 % 0.0 % No Data 42.9 %
Coppin State University University System of Maryland 17.0 % 0.0 % 16.4 % 50.0 % No Data No Data No Data 45.5 % No Data 0.0 %
Frostburg State University University System of Maryland 44.0 % 45.9 % 40.9 % 34.8 % 36.0 % No Data 0.0 % 26.7 % No Data 53.8 %
Morgan State University Not in a system 28.6 % 15.4 % 27.6 % 37.5 % 28.6 % No Data No Data 55.3 % No Data No Data
Salisbury University University System of Maryland 67.4 % 69.2 % 66.4 % 43.3 % 50.0 % No Data 80.0 % 33.3 % No Data 83.3 %
St Mary’s College of Maryland Not in a system 80.6 % 83.1 % 62.9 % 72.4 % 70.0 % No Data 100.0 % 80.0 % No Data 94.4 %
Towson University University System of Maryland 65.8 % 68.4 % 60.2 % 54.8 % 56.8 % No Data 50.0 % 53.7 % No Data 62.4 %
United States Naval Academy Not in a system 87.1 % 88.1 % 72.7 % 85.4 % 84.0 % 75.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 85.1 % 94.1 %
University of Baltimore University System of Maryland No Data No Data No Data No Data No Data No Data No Data No Data No Data No Data
University of Maryland Eastern Shore University System of Maryland 31.5 % 19.4 % 31.8 % 23.1 % 37.5 % No Data 0.0 % 50.0 % No Data 22.9 %
University of Maryland-Baltimore County University System of Maryland 60.5 % 64.8 % 62.7 % 43.2 % 52.9 % No Data 66.7 % 56.6 % No Data 78.6 %
University of Maryland-College Park University System of Maryland 82.0 % 84.1 % 74.1 % 79.0 % 86.1 % 100.0 % 85.7 % 58.1 % 88.1 % 74.1 %
University of Maryland-University College University System of Maryland 4.3 % 1.6 % 2.4 % 7.7 % 11.1 % No Data 0.0 % 100.0 % No Data 12.5 %
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