William & Mary

Report: W&M has one of the top four-year graduation rates

William & Mary has one of the highest graduation rates among all public universities, according to a report released March 23 by Time Inc.’s Money Magazine.

William & Mary is number two on the magazine’s list of “The 25 Public Colleges Where Students Graduate the Fastest.” According to the report, just one-third of students in public colleges complete their bachelor’s degrees in four years.

William & Mary has a four-year graduation rate of 83 percent, a rate topped only by the University of Virginia at 86 percent. Just two other Virginia schools made the Money Magazine’s list, including the University of Mary Washington (listed at 18th with a rate 66 percent) and James Madison University (21st, with a rate of 65 percent).

The Money Magazine report comes just a month after The Business Journals ranked William & Mary one of the best public universities in the nation. In that report, William & Mary was listed fourth among public institutions, following the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan.

The Business Journals used data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey to analyze 484 four-year public colleges for the ranking. Rankings from Forbes, Kiplinger's, U.S. News and World Report and Washington Monthly were also taken into account.