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The New Reality for College Students: Earning a Bachelor’s Degree Takes 5 to 6 Years and Students Attend Multiple Institutions

“Families and policymakers need to plan accordingly for this new reality” HERNDON, VA (Sept. 19, 2016) – Today’s college student earns his or her bachelor’s degree in five to six years, according to a new nationwide report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The Research Center analyzed the college pathways of more than two million students who completed an associate or bachelor’s degree in 2014-15, regardless of how long it took them to finish. Bachelor’s degree earners take 5.1 academic years, on average. The average length of active enrollment for bachelor’s…

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Signature Report 11 Time to Degree: A National View of the Time Enrolled and Elapsed for Associate and Bachelor’s Degree Earners

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