Minnesota privates lead in graduation rates
Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) member institutions have long been leaders in graduating students in four years. In fact, among nonprofits, our colleges rank in the top few states nationwide (view a PDF of this data).
Our 17 member institutions have a combined four‐year graduation rate of 65%, looking at the latest data. Here in Minnesota, this compares to:
- 44% at the University of Minnesota (all campuses)
- 22% at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU, four-year institutions)
These graduation rates reflect the share of first-time, full-time students who complete their educations where they started. Students may otherwise be transferring to other institutions, taking longer to graduate or stopping their pursuit of a degree.
Our institutions’ four‐year graduation rate of 65% is similar to the six‐year graduation rate at the University of Minnesota of 66%. These data are for students who began a four-year program in 2006. This is the most current information available that allows for comparisons across groups of colleges.
Students of color also graduate sooner at our institutions than at the publics — 55% at MPCC institutions, 33% at the University of Minnesota and 15% at MnSCU.
Graduation rates are a measure of institution quality. Higher graduation rates indicate appropriately targeted student recruitment, effective campus communication, strong advising and accessible student support services. For students, graduating in four years from the institution where they started can minimize costs associated with additional tuition and any borrowing‐related expenses. Students who remain in college more than four years also defer post‐baccalaureate income earning, which their earlier‐graduating peers are able to secure.