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Four-Year Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High

October 5, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's four-year graduation rate has hit an all-time high, as 39 percent of the students who matriculated to the university in 2012 graduated last spring.   The 39 percent is a four percent increase over the 2011 cohort, and seven percent higher than the national average of 32 percent. 

Graduation rate is an indicator of success of a university's student in attaining their education goals.  It is based on first-time, full-time undergraduate students.  

"The 39 percent graduate rate is a strong indicator that KU is recruiting high school students who are college ready, and that the university is helping its students succeed once they get here" said Dr. Warren Hilton, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.  "While it is not possible for all students to complete their college education in four years, it is certainly a timeline we are committed to helping them achieve."

KU's five year graduation rate for students entering the university in 2011 remains steady at 50 percent.  The six-year graduate rate for students coming to KU in 2010 is 55 percent, a one-percent increase over 2009. The four-year graduation rate for KU students has jumped an impressive 22 percent, since it was reported at 17 percent in 1997. KU welcomed 1,691 new freshmen to campus this fall.