Staying in college an extra year or two can cost tens of thousands of dollars in fees and expenses, plus more in lost earnings. Attending an affordable college with a low four-year graduation rate may ultimately cost more than attending an expensive school that graduates students quickly.
This chart shows the four-year graduation rates at the 50 largest colleges in California, ranked by schools with the highest graduation rates, according to data submitted by the colleges to the U.S. Department of Education.
Note: Shown are full-time, first-time, degree-seeking students who entered school in 2006 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2010 at the same school. Dropouts, transfers and completions that take more than four years lower an institution's rate. Only includes institutions offering bachelor's degrees. Fifty largest universities chosen by size of their entering freshmen classes.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics