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Best Six-Year Graduation Rates

23 Colleges and Universities with the Best Six-Year Graduation Rates

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Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame Golden Dome
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  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 96%
  • Location: Notre Dame, Indiana
  • School Type: Private
  • Enrollment: Catholic research university
  • Description: Located about 90 miles east of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame boasts that its undergraduate alumni have earned more doctorates than any other Catholic university. The school is highly selective and has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Roughly 70% of accepted students rank in the top 5% of their high school class. The university's 1,250 acre campus has two lakes and 137 buildings including Main Building with its well known Golden Dome. In athletics, many Notre Dame Fighting Irish teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference.
  • For acceptance rate, test scores and other admissions data, read the University of Notre Dame profile 

Olin College of Engineering

Olin College
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  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 93%
  • Location: Needham, Massachusetts
  • School Type: Undergraduate engineering college
  • Enrollment: 339 (all undergraduate)
  • Description: The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering was established in 1997 by a gift of over $400 million by the F. W. Olin Foundation. Construction began quickly, and the college welcomed its first class of students in 2002. Olin has a project-based, student-centered curriculum, so all students can plan to get their hands dirty in the lab and machine shop. The college is small -- just over 300 students total -- with a 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio. All enrolled students receive a significant Olin Scholarship.
  • For acceptance rate, test scores and other admissions data, read the Franklin W. Olin College profile

Pomona College

Pomona College
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Princeton University

Princeton University
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  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 97%
  • Location: Princeton, New Jersey
  • School Type: Private research university
  • Enrollment: 7,592 (5,113 undergraduates)
  • Description: Princeton, a member of the Ivy League, often vies with Harvard for the top spot on national rankings of top universities. Located in a town of about 30,000 people, Princeton’s beautiful 500-acre campus sits about an hour away from both New York City and Philadelphia. Princeton's strengths in research have earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. For its strong liberal arts and sciences, the university was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
  • For acceptance rate, test scores and other admissions data, read the Princeton University profile 

Rice University

Rice University
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  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 93%
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • School Type: Private research university
  • Enrollment: 5,357 (3,120 undergraduates)
  • Description: Rice University earns its reputation as a "Southern Ivy." The university boasts a multi-billion-dollar endowment, a 5 to 1 ratio of undergraduates to faculty members, a median class size of 15, and a residential college system modeled after Oxford. Admissions are highly competitive, with roughly 75% of students coming from the top 5% of their class. Rice has won high marks for its diversity and value. In athletics, the Rice Owls compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA (C-USA). Rice has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and it is a member of the Association of American Universities.
  • For acceptance rate, test scores and other admissions data, read the Rice University profile 

Stanford University

Stanford University
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  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 95%
  • Location: Palo Alto, California
  • School Type: Private research university
  • Enrollment: 17,833 (6,532 undergraduates)
  • Description: Stanford is usually considered the best school on the west coast, as well as one of the finest research and teaching universities in the world. Stanford is just as competitive as the best universities in the Northeast, but with its Spanish architecture and mild Californian climate, you won’t mistake it for the Ivy League. Stanford's strengths in research and teaching have earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and membership in the Association of American Universities. In athletics, Stanford University competes in the NCAA Division I Pacific 12 Conference.
  • For acceptance rate, test scores and other admissions data, read the Stanford University profile 

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore Parrish Hall
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  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 93%
  • Location: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • School Type: Private liberal arts college
  • Enrollment: 1,525 (all undergraduate)
  • Description: Swarthmore’s gorgeous 399-acre campus is a registered national arboretum situated just 11 miles from downtown Philadelphia, and students have the opportunity to take classes at neighboring Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and the University of Pennsylvania. The college can boast of an impressive 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio and a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Swarthmore consistently sits near the top of nearly all rankings of top U.S. liberal arts colleges.
  • For acceptance rate, test scores and other admissions data, read the Swarthmore College profile 

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania
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  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 95%
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • School Type: Private research university
  • Enrollment: 24,599 (11,954 undergraduates)
  • Description: Founded by Benjamin Franklin, Penn should not be confused with Penn State or a public university. The University of Pennsylvania holds its own against the best of its Ivy League brethren. From Penn’s location in West Philadelphia, Center City is an easy walk across the Schuylkill river. With nearly 12,000 undergraduates and a similar number of graduate students, Penn has a diverse and bustling urban campus. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Penn was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and its strength in research has earned it membership in the Association of American Universities.
  • For acceptance rate, test scores and other admissions data, read the University of Pennsylvania profile

University of Virginia

University of Virginia
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  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 93%
  • Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
  • School Type: Public research university
  • Enrollment: 24,355 (15,476 undergraduates)
  • Description: Established about 200 years ago by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia has one of the most beautiful and historic campuses in the U.S. The school consistently ranks among the top public universities, and with an endowment now over $5 billion it is the wealthiest of the state schools. UVA is part of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. The university is located near Jefferson's home at Monticello. The school has strengths in academic areas from the humanities to engineering. UVA is a member of the Association of American Universities, and it has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
  • For acceptance rate, test scores and other admissions data, read the University of Virginia profile 

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis
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  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 93%
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri
  • School Type: Private research university
  • Enrollment: 13,575 (7,046 undergraduates)
  • Description: Washington University in St. Louis is one of the most selective and highly-ranked universities in the Midwest. Indeed, for both the quality of its programs and the strength of its students, Washington University is comparable to many of the East Coast Ivy League universities (with, Wash U would argue, a bit more Midwest friendliness). Washington University was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences, and it is a member of the AAU for its strengths in research. Every undergraduate at Washington University belongs to a residential college, creating a small-college atmosphere within this mid-sized university.
  • For acceptance rate, test scores and other admissions data, read the Washington University profile 
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