ATLANTA -- An average of only 24 percent of entering freshmen in Georgia's public four-year colleges get a degree within four years, which is well below the national average, according a new study by the Chronicle for Higher Education obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald.
The study says the University of Georgia has by far the best completion rate in the state at four years at 51.3 percent, compared to 35.1 percent for Milledgeville's Georgia College and State University, which comes in second-best on the list. Georgia Tech has the third-highest rate at 32.9 percent.
Many more students get degrees after another two years, the study says. Almost 80 percent of students at both UGA and Georgia Tech earn a degree given the extra time, and 60 percent at Georgia College. Across Georgia, about 52 percent of students complete a four-year degree within six years.
The study comes just as Georgia leaders have launched a new statewide initiative to improve graduation rates by 2020, the Banner-Herald reports.