Low Graduation Rates a Problem

Like several college students, I plan on graduating in four years. I want to finish my studies as soon as possible. I would think most students would have the same goal in mind, considering paying college tuition is expensive, not to mention the rest of the inevitable college expenses. On top of that, students don’t have the means to adequately support themselves—we can’t work 40 hours a week and those that do kill themselves to stay awake in class and finish their assignments.

Despite all these obstacles, there are those students that find college life appealing, or so I would think after learning that only 40 percent of students at LU graduate in six years. If I stayed in school for six years, my parents would kill me and they don’t even pay my tuition.

Negatively evaluating this statistic, one could say that students simply don’t want to leave college life behind. Though stress is constant in this environment, it is not as rigid and demanding as a full-time job. Besides that, partying is a constant factor in a student’s life. There is never a dull moment; being away from home empowers some to exaggerate. Students spend an enormous amount of time with friends and focusing one’s time on activities other than attending classes and studying.

There are several other factors that students may spend more than four years in college though, some that are in the student’s control and others not so much. Approximately 37 percent of undergraduate students from UCDavis responded that they took longer than four years to graduate because they added a minor or a second major. Other reasons included required courses not being offered when the students needed them as well as 25 percent answering they could not take more than 15 units because they worked.

Although these may be legitimate reasons for which a student doesn’t graduate in four years, they imply that they graduate a semester or two late. That still does not account for the 60 percent of the student population that doesn’t graduate in six years. Why the education system seems to retain students for so long is still baffling. Even stranger is how students can afford to spend so much time in college. Is it worth it? This generation believes so, or at least that’s what it’s demonstrating.


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