Shipping Out Early: Why Elon’s Fifth-year Senior Rate Is So Low

Elon University’s fifth-year senior percentage is low in and of itself. But, when compared to other universities, it is only emphasized further.

For universities of  high populations, around 15,000+ undergraduate students, graduation within four years is very unlikely for students. UNCG, for instance, had only 29 percent of its 2010 class graduate in four years, that is 708 students out of 2,426 walked across the stage in May.

On a smaller scale, Mary Baldwin College, a private, women’s institution located in Staunton Virginia, has an average of 780 undergraduate students. On average, the college’s graduation rate for seniors who graduate within four years is approximately 50 percent each year while the institution’s fifth-year senior graduation rate is approximately 48 percent.

To find out reasons why other colleges and universities typically keep seniors around for at least another semester and to read about Elon students’ opinions on the ease or difficulties of graduating within four years, pick up the Pendulum’s next printed issue, out May 4.

-Sam Parker, senior reporter

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