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Penn State Graduation Rate Far Above Average

The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story today covering six-year graduation rates at schools in the Eastern Pennsylvania/New Jersey area. Penn State’s six-year graduation rate is 84% (according to the National Center for Education Statistics) and the national average for “Very Competitive” schools (according to Barron’s 2009 edition of Profiles of American Colleges) is 62.3%. The Inquirer also notes that Penn State has one of the ten best graduation rates of colleges in the “Very Competitive” category.

I did a little additional research to compare Penn State’s graduation rate with the other Big Ten schools and Old State did very well. Penn State’s graduation rate of 84% is the third highest graduation rate in the Big Ten. As is to be expected, Northwestern has the highest graduation rate at 93%. Michigan has the second highest graduation rate at 88%.

Here’s a chart of all of the Big Ten schools and their graduation rates.

Big Ten Graduation Rates

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Chase Tralka is a Senior majoring in Information Sciences and Technology with a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. He is from Northern New Jersey and is involved in far too many organizations to list here. He enjoys photography, cycling, and listening to obscure free jazz music.

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