Highest Graduation Rate by State Map

Highest Graduation Rate by State
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You may have seen our previous map looking at the Largest Universities by Enrollment of Each State, we’re back at it with another one looking at the Highest Graduation Rate in each state. As the end of the school year approaches and graduation gowns are fitted, we look at which schools boast the highest likelihood of getting you across the stage with a diploma. For the sake of argument, we decided to only look at schools offering 4-year degrees with housing. Our goal was to look at those schools offering a more traditional college experience. We are dedicated to inspiring and informing students with comprehensive online tools and college information, leading us to make this informative graphic.

We used the National Center for Education Statistics’ Database to browse through the entire list of each states schools, looking specifically at the Overall Graduation Rate metric. The NCES defines this as, “The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled”.

Without further ado, here is our map showing the college or university with the Highest Graduation Rate in each state. We’re sure you’ll be surprised by one or two, or maybe you haven’t even heard of some of them! Check it out!

Some Fun Facts:

  • Highest: Harvard University – 97%
  • Lowest: University of New Mexico – 46%
  • Largest: University of Florida - 49,913 Total Students
  • Smallest: Alaska Pacific University – 657 Total Students
  • Average Graduation Rate: 80.5%

State by State Breakdown:

Alabama – Samford University

  • Location – Birmingham, Alabama
  • Graduation Rate – 71%
  • Total Students – 4,758

Alaska – Alaska Pacific University

  • Location – Anchorage, Alaska
  • Graduation Rate – 52%
  • Total Students – 657

Arizona – University of Arizona

  • Location – Tucson, Arizona
  • Graduation Rate – 61%
  • Total Students – 40,223

Arkansas – Hendrix College

  • Location – Conway, Arkansas
  • Graduation Rate – 72%
  • Total Students – 1,388

California – Pomona College

  • Location – Claremont, California
  • Graduation Rate – 96%
  • Total Students – 1,607

Colorado – Colorado College

  • Location – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Graduation Rate – 90%
  • Total Students – 2,022

Connecticut – Yale University

  • Location – New Haven, Connecticut
  • Graduation Rate – 96%
  • Total Students – 11,906

Delaware – University of Delaware

  • Location – Newark, Delaware
  • Graduation Rate – 82%
  • Total Students – 21,856

Florida – University of Florida

  • Location – Gainesville, Florida
  • Graduation Rate – 85%
  • Total Students – 49,913

Georgia – Emory University

  • Location – Atlanta, Georgia
  • Graduation Rate – 89%
  • Total Students – 14,236

Hawaii – University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Location – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Graduation Rate – 56%
  • Total Students – 20,426

Idaho – The College of Idaho

  • Location – Caldwell, Idaho
  • Graduation Rate – 64%
  • Total Students – 1,059

Illinois – Northwestern University

  • Location – Evanston, Illinois
  • Graduation Rate – 93%
  • Total Students – 21,215

Indiana – University of Notre Dame

  • Location – Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Graduation Rate – 95%
  • Total Students – 12,126

Iowa – Grinnell College

  • Location – Grinnell, Iowa
  • Graduation Rate – 90%
  • Total Students – 1,674

Kansas – University of Kansas

  • Location – Lawrence, Kansas
  • Graduation Rate – 64%
  • Total Students – 27,135

Kentucky – Centre College

  • Location – Danville, Kentucky
  • Graduation Rate – 87%
  • Total Students – 1,344

Louisiana – Tulane University

  • Location – New Orleans, LA
  • Graduation Rate – 75%
  • Total Students – 12,958

Maine – Bowdoin College

  • Location – Brunswick, Maine
  • Graduation Rate – 95%
  • Total Students – 1,839

Maryland – Johns Hopkins University

  • Location – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Graduation Rate – 92%
  • Total Students – 20,871

Massachusetts – Harvard University

  • Location – Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Graduation Rate – 97%
  • Total Students – 28,147

Michigan – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

  • Location – Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Graduation Rate – 91%
  • Total Students – 43,426

Minnesota – Carleton College

  • Location – Northfield, Minnesota
  • Graduation Rate – 94%
  • Total Students – 2,055

Mississippi – Millsaps College

  • Location – Jackson, Mississippi
  • Graduation Rate – 72%
  • Total Students – 909

Missouri – Washington University in St. Louis

  • Location – St. Louis, Missouri
  • Graduation Rate – 94%
  • Total Students – 13,952

Montana– Carroll College

  • Location – Helena, Montana
  • Graduation Rate – 62%
  • Total Students – 1,463

Nebraska – Creighton University

  • Location – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Graduation Rate – 75%
  • Total Students – 7,736

Nevada – Sierra Nevada College

  • Location – Incline Village, Nevada
  • Graduation Rate – 49%
  • Total Students – 987

New Hampshire – Dartmouth College

  • Location – Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Graduation Rate – 96%
  • Total Students – 6,277

New Jersey – Princeton University

  • Location – Princeton, New Jersey
  • Graduation Rate – 96%
  • Total Students – 7,975

New Mexico – University of New Mexico

  • Location – Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Graduation Rate – 46%
  • Total Students – 29,033

New York – Columbia University in the City of New York

  • Location – New York, New York
  • Graduation Rate – 95%
  • Total Students – 26,471

North Carolina – Duke University

  • Location – Durham, North Carolina
  • Graduation Rate – 95%
  • Total Students – 15,386

North Dakota – University of North Dakota

  • Location – Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Graduation Rate – 54%
  • Total Students – 15,250

Ohio – Kenyon College

  • Location – Gambier, Ohio
  • Graduation Rate – 90%
  • Total Students – 1,667

Oklahoma – University of Oklahoma - Norman

  • Location – Norman, Oklahoma
  • Graduation Rate – 66%
  • Total Students – 27,507

Oregon – Willamette University

  • Location – Salem, Oregon
  • Graduation Rate – 77%
  • Total Students – 2,931

Pennsylvania – University of Pennsylvania

  • Location – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Graduation Rate – 96%
  • Total Students – 24,725

Rhode Island – Brown University

  • Location – Providence, Rhode Island
  • Graduation Rate – 95%
  • Total Students – 8,885

South Carolina – Wofford College

  • Location – Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Graduation Rate – 84%
  • Total Students – 1,619

South Dakota – Augustana College

  • Location – Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Graduation Rate – 66%
  • Total Students – 1,839

Tennessee – Vanderbilt University

  • Location – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Graduation Rate – 92%
  • Total Students – 12,710

Texas – Rice University

  • Location – Houston, Texas
  • Graduation Rate – 92%
  • Total Students – 6,484

Utah – Brigham Young University

  • Location – Provo, Utah
  • Graduation Rate – 77%
  • Total Students – 34,409

Vermont – Middlebury College

  • Location – Middlebury, Vermont
  • Graduation Rate – 94%
  • Total Students – 2,516

Virginia – University of Virginia

  • Location – Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Graduation Rate – 93%
  • Total Students – 23,907

Washington – Whitman College

  • Location – Walla Walla, Washington
  • Graduation Rate – 87%
  • Total Students – 1,539

West Virginia – Wheeling Jesuit University

  • Location – Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Graduation Rate – 61%
  • Total Students – 1,549

Wisconsin – University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Location – Madison, Wisconsin
  • Graduation Rate – 82%
  • Total Students – 42,269

Wyoming – University of Wyoming

  • Location – Laramie, Wyoming
  • Graduation Rate – 54%
  • Total Students – 12,903

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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