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Time to degree

Question:
How long does it take students at colleges and universities to complete their bachelor's degrees?

Response:
The median time it took for 2008 bachelorís degree recipients to earn their degree was 52 months. Forty-four percent of 2007Ė08 first-time bachelorís degree recipients completed a bachelorís degree within 48 months of their initial postsecondary enrollment, another 23 percent within 49Ė60 months, and an additional 9 percent within 61Ė72 months.

By institutional control, the median time to earn a degree was 55 months for 2008 bachelor's degree recipients graduating from public institutions, 45 months for graduates of private nonprofit institutions, and 103 months for graduates of private for-profit institutions.

Graduates who started at a 2-year public institution and subsequently obtained a bachelorís degree had a median time to degree of 63 months. Bachelorís degree recipients who delayed entry into postsecondary education had a median time of 80 months.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2011). 2008Ė09 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:08/09): A First Look at Recent College Graduates (NCES 2011-236), Table 3.

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