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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Why Do So Many Americans Drop Out of College?

Good article:
 Why Do So Many Americans Drop Out of College? - The Atlantic

This quote is mostly correct:

Obviously, the system we have now, where students flock to college, only to be overwhelmed by it, isn't working. 

Should read:

Obviously, the system we have now, where most students flock to college, only to be overwhelmed by it, isn't working.

Not all students are overwhelmed by college. My daughter should be graduating from her college in 3 years.

The drop out rate at my under graduate, Cal Poly Pomona (great school for Engineering, and some other degrees) is around 50%. 4 Year Graduation rate is 12%, and in 6 years 50%. A bit of Schadenfreude, but Of course my wife's college, Cal State Fullerton (great business program), has slightly higher drop out rate. The school my daughter is going to has a lower drop out rate.

It's surprising how much the graduation rate varies by college. When selecting a college, graduation rate is something you need to find and look at. The other piece of useful information, sometimes it's hard to find, is the starting graduation salaries and employment rates for a major from that college. A great piece of advice I read when helping my daughter select colleges, was select the major, and then the college.

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