Catholic Universities Boast Higher Graduation Rates

Catholic Universities Boast Higher Graduation Rates

A study released last week by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) reported that students who attend Catholic colleges and universities are more likely to graduate in four years than their peers at four-year public institutions. The University of Dallas, the regions only Catholic university, reports a four-year graduation rate that is even higher - by six percentage points - than the four-year average for Catholic colleges and universities throughout the nation.

For the report, ACCU looked at bachelors degree attainment for students who enrolled at four-year Catholic and public institutions and found that 54 percent of first-time, full-time undergraduate students at Catholic colleges and universities earned a bachelors degree within four years, while 39 percent of those at public institutions finish at the same rate. The gap closes slightly when comparing the six-year graduation rate, 69 vs. 60 percent.

Much of our success at the University of Dallas, in terms of graduation rates for our undergraduate students, can be attributed to an 11:1 faculty to student ratio, small class sizes and an engaged student life staff, said John Plotts, vice president of enrollment and student affairs. These factors create an environment in which students receive the individual attention they need to succeed.

The full report, Bachelors Degree Attainment: Catholic Colleges and Universities Lead the Way, including research methodology, can be found at www.accunet.org.

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