50 state universities with best, worst grad rates

(MoneyWatch) College is expensive, but it costs even more for the students who don't graduate in four years (and the odds of pulling this off aren't good).

At public universities, 31.3 percent of students graduate in the traditional four years, versus 52.4 percent for those at private, nonprofit institutions. An excellent place to find and compare graduation rates is at the College Completion section on the website of The Chronicle of Higher Education

Not surprisingly, the state schools with the best graduation rates tend to be the wealthier state flagships, while the institutions with the rates are regional universities that could be characterized as drop-out factories. The Following lists state universities with the best and worst six-year graduation rates:

Best state university graduation rates

  1. University of Virginia, 92.7 percent
  2. University of California, Berkeley, 91.1 percent
  3. University of California, Los Angeles, 89.8 percent
  4. University of Michigan. 89.7 percent
  5. College of William and Mary, 89.7 percent
  6. United States Naval Academy, 88.6 percent
  7. University of North Carolina, 88.1 percent
  8. College of New Jersey, 86.2 percent
  9. University of California, San Diego, 86.1 percent
  10. United States Military Academy, 85.7 percent
  11. Pennsylvania State University, 85.3 percent
  12. University of Florida, 84.5 percent
  13. University of Illinois, 84.4 percent
  14. University of Wisconsin, 83.0 percent
  15. University of California, Irvine, 82.6 percent
  16. James Madison University, 82.5 percent
  17. University of California, Davis, 82.3 percent
  18. United States Air Force Academy, 81.5 percent
  19. University of Maryland, 81.5 percent
  20. University of Connecticut, 80.7 percent
  21. University of Washington, 80. 4 percent
  22. University of Texas, 80.3 percent
  23. Miami University (Ohio), 80.2 percent
  24. Texas A&M University, 79.9 percent
  25. Virginia Tech University 79.9 percent

Worst state university graduation rates

  1. Vincennes University, 0 percent
  2. University of Houston-Downtown, 12.4 percent
  3. Texas Southern University, 13.3 percent
  4. Chicago State University, 13.9 percent
  5. Cameron University, 14.1 percent
  6. Utah Valley University, 15 percent
  7. Coppin State University ,16.3 percent
  8. Central State University, 19.4 percent
  9. Indiana University-Northwest, 19.4 percent
  10. CUNY York College, 19.5 percent
  11. University of Texas at Brownsville, 19.6 percent
  12. University of New Orleans, 20 percent
  13. Northeastern Illinois University, 20.1 percent
  14. Metropolitan State College of Denver, 20.5 percent
  15. Shawnee State University, 20.5 percent
  16. University of Arkansas Little Rock, 20.8 percent
  17. Southern University and A&M College, 21.2 percent
  18. Clayton State University, 21.9 percent
  19. Kent State University -- Stark, 23.1 percent
  20. Alabama State University, 24 percent
  21. Eastern New Mexico University 24.1 percent
  22. University of Arkansas at Monticello, 24.2 percent
  23. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff,  24.2 percent
  24. Augusta State University, 25.5 percent
  25. Auburn University at Montgomery 24.5 percent


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