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BPS: Executive Summary Descriptive Summary of 1995-96 Beginning Postsecondary Students: Six Years Later
Types of Institutions Attended
Degree Completion Among Students Beginning at Public 2-Year Institutions
Types of Bachelor's Degree Completion Rates for Students Beginning at 4-Year Institutions
Rates of Completion at the First Institution Attended Versus at any 4-Year Institution
Rates Based on Different Subcategories of Students
Focus on Students With a Bachelor's Degree Goal at 4-Year Institutions
Degree Completion and Transfer From the First Institution Attended
Number of Years to Complete a Degree at Different Types of Institutions
Differences in Completion Rate by Enrollment Patterns and Student Characteristics
Profile of 1995-96 Beginners Who Completed a Bachelor's Degree by June 2001
Summary and Conclusion
Research Methodology
Full Report (PDF)
Executive Summary (PDF)
Focus on students with a bachelor's degree goal at 4-year institutions: Number of years to complete a degree at different types of institutions

Thirty-four percent of beginners with a bachelor’s degree goal completed that degree at their first institution within 4 years, and another 21 percent finished in 5 to 6 years, for a total of 55 percent completing a bachelor’s degree at the first institution within 6 years of starting there (table B). Those who began at a private not-for-profit institution were more likely to complete their bachelor’s degree at that institution than those who began at a public institution (65 percent vs. 50 percent) and were more likely to have finished in 4 years (52 percent vs. 24 percent).

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