Performance across the 1,575 four-year colleges on CollegeMeasures.org

Strategic Measures

What is the performance of four-year colleges in the United States, based on seven strategic performance measures?

Goal Strategic Measure Outcomes
All colleges
Total: 1,575
Public colleges
Total: 543
Private - not for profit colleges
Total: 936
Private - for profit colleges
Total: 96
Completion & Progression Graduation rate 59.6 % 57.4 % 65.3 % 26.3 %
First-year retention rate 79.7 % 79.6 % 80.6 % 50.1 %
Efficiency Cost per student (FTE) $18,901 $15,698 $27,443 $9,284
Productivity Cost per degree $70,868 $61,953 $93,901 $33,625
Cost of attrition * $4.62 billion $2.74 billion $1.81 billion No Data
Gainful Employment Student loan default rate 7.3 % 6.5 % 4.9 % 13.5 %
Ratio of student loan payments to earnings per recent graduates Not available at
a national level

* Amount spent by the college to educate first-year undergraduate students (first-time, full-time) who did not begin a second year.

See methodology for the treatment of missing data in the aggregates.