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Trends: College Graduation

The primary indicator for college completion is the percentage of young adults enrolled in college or who have completed college (source: Kids Count  Data Center ). This is a good high-level measure for states because it includes all types of students and graduates, whether they attended full- or part-time, whether they transferred multiple times or attended a single institution, and whether they attended public or private institutions.

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  • United States
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virgin Islands
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
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Additional Measures.  See other important state-level indicators that show how well higher education is serving the total population, the economy, and new high school graduates

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics ,“approximately 57 percent of first-time students seeking a bachelor's degree or its equivalent and attending a four-year institution full time in 2001–02 completed a bachelor's degree or its equivalent at that institution in six years or less.”