Son is considering applying to SMU school of business (undergraduate). In looking at the school's 4-year graduation rate of 50% (per CollegeData.com) we're concerned that the chances of a 5th year of school are high which then becomes a significant detractor financially.
Would like to get student/parent opinions on class availability and their experiences with trying to obtain a business degree (or any other degree, for that matter) within a 4-year timeframe at SMU. I realize that student motivation, one's major, etc. can all play a big role but most interested in if the university in general tries to make this a possibility or if one seems to have to 'fight the system' in order to accomplish it.
On a side note, has anyone by chance noticed if graduation within 4-years has become noticeably harder since the downturn in the economy in the past 2-3 years?