STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) – UConn students are earning their degrees faster than the U.S. average according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
The study said that UConn students are graduating with an undergraduate degree in an average of 4.2 years. This is almost a year ahead of the average degree that students earn nationwide.
“Our success as an institution in this area all starts with our talented and diverse student population, which comes to UConn with high aspirations and energy,” President Susan Herbst said. “Our job as a top research university is to provide the kinds of learning experiences and flexibility they need to finish as quickly as they can, then move on to graduate school and careers. This data makes it clear that our focus in this area is paying off for our students.”
Students are able to spend less on tuition by avoiding extra class time and can start their careers before students around the nation.
The report states that the average student takes 5.1 years to graduate at a four-year university. UConn is rated sixth among 58 public universities for the rate at which students graduate.
Advance placement courses also aids students in graduating at an earlier time due to students already going to UConn with college credits received in high school.
UConn’s vice provost for academic affairs Sally Reis said UConn’s 4.2 year graduation rate is reflected upon a structured, intentional approach.
“We find that when our students get off to a strong start at UConn, they develop the mindset that they can and will earn their degree on time,” Reis said. “UConn works hard to provide a variety of high-impact programs and practices to support them, and they engage their talent and ambition to succeed.”
UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said that UConn also has an academic plan that offers outstanding experience that is tailored to help students graduate on time.
The National Student Clearinghouse report stated, “The amount of time that it takes for students to earn a degree from their institutions is important because each additional term of enrollment has the potential to increase the cost to the student, both through foregone earnings and additional tuition expenses.”