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Graduation and Retention Rates: Find Out if Anyone Sticks Around

At Reed College, 371 undergraduates were scheduled to complete their degree in 2013. Did they? Let's find out...

This School Has a Crazy High Freshman Retention Rate

With 92.0% of students staying on for a second year, Reed College has among the best freshman retention rates in the country.

The following information is based off of data for students who were "Full Time Undergraduate Degree Seekers". Out of the 1,432 undergraduate students at Reed College, this group of 1,383 represents about 97%.

If this demographic does not represent you, then you might want to ask Reed College about graduation rates for other more appropriate groups of students.

Graduating Seems To Be a Popular Activity Here

Both the on-time (two or four years depending on the degree) graduation rate of 59.8% and the overall rate of 74.1% rank Reed College among the best in the country.

Based on the caliber of students that attend Reed College we would expect an overall graduation rate of 87.4%. With an actual rate that is 13.2% lower than expected, Reed College is among the worst performing schools nationally when it comes to graduating students, based upon those students' anticipated academic achievement in college.

A Lot of Students Pulled the ol' Mark Zuckerberg

25.9% of students at Reed College failed to graduate within 150% of the expected time. The majority did so because they dropped out.

The following table lists the reasons why students at Reed College did not graduate within three or six years depending on the degree type.

Reason% of Overall Class
Still EnrolledN/A
TransferredN/A
Dropped Out25.9%
Total25.9%

Questions You Need to Ask

  • The majority of students take more than the "expected time" to graduate. Have you factored this into your college budget?
  • You may not think you will transfer, but a lot of students do. How easy is it to transfer credits from this college? Will you end up having to retake classes?

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