Share of college students 2009, by degree attainment and degree completion status

This graph shows a distribution of first-time postsecondary students in the United States, who started their degree at a 4-year institution in the 2003/04 academic year, by the highest level of educational attainment. The figures are also differentiated by the degree completion status of students as of 2009. For example, 55.2 percent of students, who enrolled for their bachelor's degree, had completed their degree by 2009, after starting in 2003/04.

Distribution of first-time post-secondary students who started at 4-year institutions in the U.S. in 2003/04, by highest degree attainment and degree completion status

Parent's education levelHave completed their degree (any)Have not completed their degree and are still enrolledHave not completed their degree and are no longer enrolled
Associate’s degree43.7%12.8%43.5%
Bachelor’s degree55.2%15.1%29.7%
Master’s degree66.7%11.2%22.1%
Doctoral/first-professional degree70.6%11%18.3%
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Source

Release date

November 2011

Region

United States

Survey time period

Spring 2009

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