80% Graduation Rate.

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<p>80% is pretty good for a top-tier tech school, which boasts an extremely rigorous curriculum. Think about it.</p>

<p>Maybe it's just me, but that does sound pretty low, all things considered; although I guess that that might be because it's quite a "different" university - not necessarily bad, just different, and a lot of people aren't aware of that difference when they choose to attend, and they end up dropping up because they didn't know what they were signing up for.</p>

<p>It's a great university, though. I'm applying this autumn. :)</p>

<p>It's actually quite low for a top tier school. Most of them are at least 90% if not 95% and higher. I think I remember scanning down a set of rankings once, and the first school to be around 80% other than Caltech was some random state school.</p>

<p>python--I think your assessment is pretty dead-on. I would agree with that.</p>

<p>Another factor is probably that some people here take five years to graduate</p>

<p>Data for the class entering Caltech in Fall 2001:
- Total number of students entering the university: 214
- Total number of students graduating in four years or less (before August 2005): 175 (81.8%)
- Total number of students graduating in five years or less (before August 2006): 189 (88.3%)
- Total number of students graduating in six years or less (before August 2007): 191 (89.3%)</p>

<p>...but I'm too lazy to look up the numbers for other universities, so I'm still not exactly sure how this compares. =P</p>

<p>That's slightly terrifying.</p>

<p>Oh my gosh, it makes Caltech sound crazy hard. Is getting a pretty good GPA pretty manageable and not stressful?</p>

<p>o0o0o crazy</p>

<p>Bear in mind that not all majors are of equal difficulty. It's possible that these graduation rates are deflated by majors which either have a large number of requirements, or else include some courses which are very difficult or something like that. Just guesses, though, I don't have any numbers to back that up--it sounds reasonable, though. As for whether good GPAs are hard to come by, I don't really know--I'm just a frosh, so I haven't had anything on real grades yet.</p>

<p>LOL, it's so amusing when the 80% figure comes up. Hell, I remember thinking it looking pretty daunting. But if you talk to the alums from two decades ago, they will mention that ~1/3 of the people would fail out of Tech (or transfer, presumably)!</p>

<p>Funny story, you don't even have to go back that far to see some of the really scary stuff.</p>

<p>Data for the class entering Caltech in Fall 1996:
- Total number of students entering the university: 216
- Total number of students graduating in four years or less (before August 2000): 156 (72.2%)
- Total number of students graduating in five years or less (before August 2001): 177 (81.9%)
- Total number of students graduating in six years or less (before August 2002): 183 (84.7%)</p>

<p>But this isn't really cause for concern, I think, because it's getting better. Clearly, if we assume that the rate of change of the four-year-graduation rate is constant, then the current prefroshies here should enjoy a four-year graduation rate of 97.1%. And by the entering class of 2011, more than 100% of entering freshmen will graduate on time! Yay!</p>

<p>It's still around 80%.</p>

<p>I graduated last year, and I remember being surprised by how few of the entering freshmen in 2004 didn't get their degree in four years.</p>

<p>Stats (based off manually counting from <a href="http://pr.caltech.edu/commencement/08/bs.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://pr.caltech.edu/commencement/08/bs.pdf&lt;/a> with help from donut, facebook, and memory):</p>

<p>Entering freshmen: 212
Graduated in four years with honors: 96 (45.3%)
Graduated in four years without honors: 69 (32.5%)
Didn't graduate in four years: 47 (22.17%)</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/596884-usnwr-2009-looking-data-xxi-4-year-graduation-rates.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/596884-usnwr-2009-looking-data-xxi-4-year-graduation-rates.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>well we're certainly not georgia tech</p>

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4-Year Graduation Rate , National University</p>

<p>90% , Notre Dame
90% , Georgetown
89% , Princeton
88% , Harvard
88% , Boston Coll
87% , Yale
87% , U Penn
87% , Dartmouth
86% , Columbia
86% , Duke
86% , Northwestern
85% , Vanderbilt
85% , Brandeis
84% , U Chicago
84% , Cornell
84% , Johns Hopkins
84% , Brown
84% , U Virginia
84% , Tufts
84% , W&M
83% , MIT
83% , Wash U
82% , Caltech
82% , Emory
80% , Stanford
79% , Wake Forest
78% , Rice
78% , NYU
72% , Lehigh
71% , U North Carolina
70% , Carnegie Mellon
70% , U Michigan
70% , U Rochester
66% , UCLA
66% , USC
66% , Rensselaer
66% , Tulane
64% , UC Santa Barbara
63% , U Illinois
61% , UC Berkeley
59% , Case Western
58% , Penn State
56% , UCSD
53% , U Florida
51% , UC Irvine
48% , U Washington
48% , Yeshiva
47% , U Wisconsin
47% , U Texas
43% , UC Davis
33% , Georgia Tech

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<p>Maybe Caltech is also the type of school that traditionally "introverted" people go to...? I'm going out on a limb here, but it's an interesting thought.</p>