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TCNJ has 6th highest four-year grad rate among public institutions, according to U.S. Dept. of Education

The College of New Jersey has the sixth highest four-year graduation rate in the nation among public colleges and universities, according to newly published data by the U.S. Department of Education.

“Many families expect that college will be a four-year endeavor, but too often that is not the case,” said TCNJ President R. Barbara Gitenstein. “Time to degree matters. Students who finish in four years will pay less, borrow less, and get started in their careers more quickly.”

Gitenstein, who will retire at the end of June, made helping undergraduates finish in four years a focus of her 19-year tenure at the college. The academic transformation overseen by Gitenstein placed an emphasis on high-impact learning practices and helped the college’s four-year graduation rate climb from 64 percent in 2004 to the current rate of 75 percent.

“This high number reflects TCNJ’s commitment to getting students to graduate on time,” said Lisa Angeloni, vice president for enrollment services. “Over the past decade, TCNJ has invested significantly in resources that support students meeting four-year graduation goals, including expanded academic advising and counseling, more January and summer course options, an on-track to graduation advising model, and proactive outreach to students who aren’t on track to graduate on time.”

U.S. Public Colleges and Universities
Bachelor degree within 4 years

RankInstitution NameGraduation rate
1University of Virginia—Main Campus88
2College of William and Mary85
3University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill84
4University of Michigan—Ann Arbor77
5University of California-Berkeley76
6The College of New Jersey75
7University of California—Los Angeles74
8University of California—Irvine71
9University of Delaware71
10SUNY at Binghamton71
11SUNY College at Geneseo71
Source: U.S. Department of Education, IPEDS (Published December 2017)