The U.S. Department of Education reports that for students who enrolled in four-year bachelor’s degree programs in 2006, 59.2 percent had earned their degree at the same institution by 2012.
There is a large racial gap in college completion rates. At publicly operated colleges and universities, 39.7 percent of Blacks earned their bachelor’s degrees within six years from the same institution at which they enrolled in 2006 compared to 60.2 percent of Whites. At private colleges and universities, the graduation rate for Blacks was 44.5 percent. For Whites the graduation rate was 68.1 percent.
There also was a significant gender gap in African American college graduation rates. At publicly operated colleges and universities, 43.3 percent of Black women earned their degrees within six years compared to 34.2 percent of Black men. At private colleges and universities, the graduation rate for Black women was 48.5 percent compared to a graduation rate of 39.2 percent for Black men.