Colleges With the Highest Graduation Rates

Colleges With the Highest Graduation Rates

Getting into college seems like the end of  a very long journey of applications, essays, interviews and visiting. But it’s really just the beginning, as you actually have to study your butt off for four years and figure out what to do with the rest of your life. Not everyone can handle the experience – and some schools hold onto their students better than others. Which schools live up to their glossy brochures?

Here are the top ten schools when it comes to graduation rates (meaning that students finished in four years), courtesy of The Huffington Post:

1. Harvard University – 97%

Since Harvard is probably the most famous college of all, it’s no surprise that its students are motivated and want to snag those Ivy League degrees. It’s also one of the most selective schools in the country.

2. Amherst College – 96%

A small liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts, Amherst’s most popular majors are in the social sciences.

3. Yale University – 96%

“Princeton is a trade school – there is only Yale,” according to Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf. I bet if she had gotten into this Ivy, she would have been part of that 96%!

4. Brown University – 95%

If you’d like your Ivy League education with a bit of a hippie flair, try Brown’s gorgeous campus in Providence, RI. The school is known for its free-form curriculum.

5. Princeton University – 95%

Founded as the College of New Jersey, Princeton has the fourth-largest endowment in the country.

6. Stanford University – 95%

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford is one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions – and has considerably better weather than the east coast schools!

7. University of Notre Dame – 95%

This Catholic school in the Midwest has some strict rules – including a mandate that you love college football.

8. University of Pennsylvania – 95%

I feel like everybody forgets about this Ivy in Philly, which was founded by Benjamin Franklin and is known for its business and medical schools.

9. Williams College – 95%

This school in Massachusetts is ranked the no. 1 liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Report. It’s also home to the original Articles of Confederation and Bill of Rights!

10. Duke University – 94%

If academics and sports are equally important to you, this college in North Carolina is the perfect choice for you.

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