Drum roll please: According to a report released by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard University nabbed the top spot with the highest undergrad completion rate of all research universities...shocking, I know.
The report, “Graduation Rates Over Time: Private Research Institutions,” compared graduation rates at public and private research universities from 2002 to 2008 analyzing changes in graduation rates of more than 1,000 four-year public and private nonprofit colleges and universities. The rates were calculated as the percentage of all first-time, full-time students entering in the fall seeking bachelor’s degrees who completed their bachelor’s degrees within six years. The Chronicle found that 33 percent of universities showed a lower graduation rate in 2008 than in 2002 and suggested that the decrease may be due to the fact that students are taking longer than six years to earn a degree.
Check out the top 10 universities below with the highest graduation rates in 2008 and for a complete list, visit the Chronicle’s website. For more information on any of these schools – or thousands of others –check out our college search.
- University of Notre Dame
- Princeton University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Duke University
- Dartmouth College
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Northwestern University
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