Skip Navigation
small NCES header image
Table 413. Number of bachelor's degree recipients per 100 persons of the typical age of graduation, by sex and country: 2002 through 2006
Country Typical age of graduation Total Male Female
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
OECD average1  31.8 34.3 36.3 37.8 26.9 27.8 29.0 30.3 36.9 40.9 43.9 45.8
Australia 20-24 50.7 54.8 46.9 59.9 59.6 43.0 46.7 37.4 47.9 47.4 58.8 63.4 57.0 72.5 72.5
Austria 22-26 18.0 19.0 19.6 20.4 21.7 17.9 18.7 19.0 19.0 20.4 18.1 19.4 20.3 21.8 22.9
Belgium (Flemish) 22-24 19.2 18.3 18.4 19.0 18.7 17.5 17.0 17.9 19.7 19.0 19.8 20.2
Canada 22-24 31.5 33.6 39.3 24.3 25.2 29.5 39.1 42.2 49.7
Czech Republic 22-25 15.4 17.3 21.0 26.0 30.7 14.3 15.9 18.8 22.6 26.5 16.6 18.8 23.4 29.5 35.2
                               
Denmark 22-26 34.4 38.6 49.9 52.9 50.3 23.4 25.1 35.6 37.2 37.0 45.7 52.3 64.4 69.2 63.7
Finland 22-28 51.8 55.8 54.7 53.8 57.3 37.7 40.4 39.5 38.8 40.6 66.4 72.2 70.5 69.7 74.5
France 20-25 39.0 41.5 40.0 34.2 32.9 34.9 33.4 30.6 45.3 48.4 46.9 37.9
Germany 24-27 19.2 19.5 20.6 20.5 21.0 19.3 19.3 20.3 20.0 20.0 19.1 19.7 20.9 21.1 22.0
Greece (2) 19.1 23.9 23.5 13.3 16.3 16.1 25.4 32.2 31.7
                               
Hungary 23-24 31.1 33.6 37.3 41.5 38.2 23.2 24.6 26.6 29.0 26.1 39.3 43.2 48.4 54.5 51.0
Iceland 23-26 40.0 44.2 50.5 56.3 62.8 27.2 29.4 31.4 33.6 37.7 53.1 59.1 70.3 80.5 89.6
Ireland 21-24 30.9 36.8 38.6 40.7 42.8 25.6 29.7 31.9 33.3 33.4 36.2 44.0 45.3 48.0 52.5
Italy 22-25 22.4 27.8 40.1 44.8 42.7 19.2 24.0 33.3 37.3 35.1 25.6 31.6 47.2 52.7 50.6
Japan 22-24 34.1 34.4 36.3 36.9 38.7 40.2 40.1 41.4 41.3 42.8 27.6 28.5 31.0 32.2 34.3
                               
Korea, Republic of 21-23 31.5 31.7 32.3 35.5 41.0 31.6 32.1 31.5 34.8 40.2 31.3 31.2 33.2 36.2 41.7
Mexico (2) 16.5 14.3 13.8 15.2 18.1 15.6 13.3 13.1 14.5 16.7 17.4 15.3 14.4 15.9 19.5
Netherlands 21-24 38.6 42.5 42.9 47.2 49.2 34.4 36.4 37.2 40.2 42.9 42.9 48.7 48.6 54.3 55.7
New Zealand 21-24 41.6 39.0 47.6 49.0 53.5 31.8 29.1 34.9 36.6 40.6 51.3 49.1 61.0 62.0 67.0
Norway 22-25 41.1 42.0 43.3 42.1 45.1 29.7 30.0 31.5 28.8 31.9 52.8 54.2 55.3 55.8 58.8
                               
Poland 23-25 44.4 45.0 44.8 32.6 32.8 32.9 56.6 57.6 57.1
Portugal 22-24 32.9 33.7 34.9 20.4 21.7 22.7 45.6 46.0 47.4
Slovak Republic 21-24 28.3 30.1 33.7 24.4 25.6 26.0 32.4 34.8 41.8
Spain 20-22 33.1 32.0 35.2 35.0 35.3 26.4 25.5 27.5 27.1 27.1 40.0 38.9 43.2 43.3 43.8
Sweden 23-26 35.2 38.4 39.9 44.0 43.3 26.5 28.6 29.7 30.8 29.8 44.1 48.5 50.5 57.6 57.2
                               
Switzerland 23-27 20.8 20.9 22.4 25.0 27.0 23.3 23.5 24.0 26.1 26.8 18.3 18.4 20.9 23.9 27.1
Turkey 22-28 14.0 11.3 15.4 15.2 11.8 16.3 12.7 10.7 14.5
United Kingdom 20-24 39.2 39.8 39.0 34.2 34.1 33.0 44.3 45.7 45.2
United States 22-24 36.1 33.4 33.2 34.2 35.5 29.7 27.6 27.5 28.1 29.1 42.9 39.4 39.2 40.7 42.4
                               
Reporting partner
   countries
                               
Brazil (2) 15.6 17.5 21.3 11.8 13.3 16.2 19.4 21.6 26.4
Chile 22-24 25.1 11.5 15.0 22.9 9.7 13.0 27.5 13.4 17.0
Estonia 22-24 28.5 26.4 17.6 15.4 39.5 37.8
Israel (2) 32.3 32.9 33.4 25.3 25.7 26.8 39.6 40.2 40.3
Russian Federation 19-25 45.9 43.7
Slovenia 25-26 21.6 21.6 14.3 14.2 29.4 29.3
—Not available.  
1 Refers to the mean of the data values for all reporting OECD countries, to which each country reporting data contributes equally. The average is omitted for years in which less than 75 percent of the countries reported data.
2 Typical age of graduation data not available. Estimates calculated using the age range 22-24.
NOTE: Data in this table refer to degrees classified by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 5A, first award. This level corresponds to the bachelor's degree in the United States. The recipients per 100 persons ratio relates the number of people of all ages earning bachelor's degrees in a particular year to the number of people in the population at the typical age of graduation. The typical age is based on full-time attendance and normal progression through the education system (without repeating a year, taking a year off, etc.); this age varies across countries because of differences in their education systems and differences in program duration. Data for Luxembourg are not shown because tertiary students study for only 1 year in Luxembourg. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance, 2004 through 2008; and Online Education Database, retrieved July 6, 2009, from http://stats.oecd.org/default.aspx. (This table was prepared July 2009.)
Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey

or

No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.
National Center for Education Statistics - http://nces.ed.gov
U.S. Department of Education