At a Glance

The graduation rate, percentage of students who complete their program within given time, can be a simple and standard measure to rank colleges.
For the graduation rate, 150 percent of the published (normal) time for the program is used to compute. For example, 150 students out of 200 total students have completed their BS degree program, (i.e. 4-years program) in 4 years, additional 30 students have completed in 6 years , then the graduation rate is 90% ( (150 + 30) / 200 * 100).
Harvard University has the highest graduation rate (98%) and Princeton University has the second lowest rate (98%) based on academic year 2019-2020 graduation data.
Below table ranks and compares the Completion In Time having highest graduation rate. For the graduation rate rankings, we only include 4-year colleges that more than 3,000 students have applied to.

Completion In Time Comparison Table

RankCollege NameGraduation RateTransfer-out RateRetention RateTuition & FeesSAT ScoreAcceptance RatePopulationStudent to Faculty Ratio
1Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
98%-76%$53,9681,5205.00%30,3915 to 1
2Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
98%-83%$48,5021,5106.00%7,8534 to 1
3University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
97%-97%$57,6991,47519.00%12,8099 to 1
4Yale University
New Haven, CT
96%-65%$57,7001,5207.00%12,0604 to 1
5University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
96%-100%$59,2981,5357.00%17,8345 to 1
6Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
96%-98%$53,4501,5457.00%11,2543 to 1
7Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY
96%2%95%$60,5321,5157.00%30,1356 to 1
8Duke University
Durham, NC
96%-97%$57,6331,5208.00%16,1726 to 1
9University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
96%-95%$60,0421,5159.00%26,5526 to 1
10Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
95%-97%$58,7011,4909.00%22,6036 to 1
11Babson College
Wellesley, MA
95%-92%$54,1441,36027.00%3,34014 to 1
12Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
95%-96%$59,4581,5009.00%6,2927 to 1
13Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
95%-96%$59,2821,47011.00%23,6209 to 1
14Brown University
Providence, RI
95%-92%$60,5841,5008.00%9,9486 to 1
15Stanford University
Stanford, CA
95%-86%$56,1691,4955.00%15,9534 to 1
16Georgetown University
Washington, DC
94%-94%$57,9281,46517.00%19,37111 to 1
17Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
94%2%97%$54,1601,51511.00%28,8906 to 1
18Tufts University
Medford, MA
94%5%92%$60,8621,45516.00%12,21910 to 1
19Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis, MO
94%-94%$56,8931,52016.00%15,4497 to 1
20Rice University
Houston, TX
94%-97%$51,1071,51511.00%7,6436 to 1
21University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville, VA
94%3%97%$53,6271,41523.00%25,62815 to 1
22University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI
93%-96%$54,0971,43026.00%47,90711 to 1
23Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
93%-96%$58,4851,51017.00%13,5195 to 1
24Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
93%-96%$54,1581,52012.00%13,5378 to 1
25University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
92%-96%$44,0661,42017.00%42,32719 to 1
26Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA
92%-93%$52,9981,36051.00%8,61611 to 1
27University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
92%-91%$60,2751,43516.00%46,2879 to 1
28Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
92%6%93%$60,2021,41526.00%14,93414 to 1
29Villanova University
Villanova, PA
92%6%96%$57,4601,39031.00%11,03211 to 1
30University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
91%4%96%$43,0031,41514.00%44,58918 to 1
31Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
91%6%87%$59,416-21.00%3,0538 to 1
32Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Atlanta, GA
91%6%97%$33,9641,45021.00%39,77119 to 1
33Colgate University
Hamilton, NY
91%7%94%$60,0151,38527.00%3,0549 to 1
34University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
91%5%95%$36,1591,38525.00%30,09213 to 1
35William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA
91%6%93%$46,8541,39542.00%8,93911 to 1
36Emory University
Atlanta, GA
90%-93%$53,8681,45519.00%13,9979 to 1
37United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD
90%-97%-1,3409.00%4,5948 to 1
38Bentley University
Waltham, MA
90%7%92%$53,7901,27058.00%5,17711 to 1
39Northeastern University
Boston, MA
90%6%97%$55,4521,47520.00%22,90514 to 1
40Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA
89%-85%$58,0021,30542.00%9,55413 to 1
41University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
89%3%97%$28,6591,37531.00%53,37217 to 1
42Boston University
Boston, MA
89%-92%$58,0721,40520.00%32,71810 to 1
43Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
89%7%90%$57,2301,41533.00%5,44010 to 1
44Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA
89%-95%$54,216-59.00%6,92013 to 1
45Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
89%-95%$57,760-32.00%8,78911 to 1
46Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ
88%12%93%$55,9521,40053.00%7,25712 to 1
47New York University
New York, NY
88%-90%$54,8801,45521.00%52,7758 to 1
48Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA
88%10%92%$58,2021,34038.00%3,7269 to 1
49Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
88%-91%$55,2601,34750.00%7,0679 to 1
50The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
88%-97%$40,0321,34032.00%50,47617 to 1
51University of Richmond
University of Richmond, VA
88%9%93%$56,8601,37031.00%4,0568 to 1
52Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA
88%8%92%$46,9201,25573.00%7,29511 to 1
53University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
88%-95%$38,6301,36057.00%44,64016 to 1
54University of California-San Diego
La Jolla, CA
87%-94%$44,4021,37537.00%39,57619 to 1
55United States Air Force Academy
USAF Academy, CO
87%-93%-1,32513.00%4,3076 to 1
56University of Georgia
Athens, GA
87%8%94%$31,1201,35548.00%39,14717 to 1
57University of Maryland-College Park
College Park, MD
87%8%95%$36,8911,37551.00%40,70917 to 1
58Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
87%2%91%$57,0121,40057.00%7,50117 to 1
59Ohio State University-Main Campus
Columbus, OH
87%8%94%$33,5021,32068.00%61,36919 to 1
60University of California-Davis
Davis, CA
86%-93%$44,3511,28046.00%39,07420 to 1
61University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
86%-94%$36,7201,33063.00%52,67920 to 1
62Tulane University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA
86%12%92%$58,8521,42011.00%13,9278 to 1
63The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ
86%9%94%$28,0071,23051.00%7,78313 to 1
64University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
86%-92%$58,2411,42035.00%11,74110 to 1
65Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA
86%-93%$32,8931,27066.00%37,02414 to 1
66University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA
85%8%94%$43,5071,33030.00%36,30318 to 1
67George Washington University
Washington, DC
85%-88%$56,0491,36043.00%27,01713 to 1
68Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY
85%13%88%$40,525-55.00%6,60016 to 1
69United States Military Academy
West Point, NY
85%2%99%-1,3259.00%4,5367 to 1
70Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
85%-93%$52,9481,43030.00%11,46511 to 1
71Providence College
Providence, RI
85%13%92%$54,3881,28554.00%4,82111 to 1
72Clemson University
Clemson, SC
85%12%94%$38,5501,30062.00%26,40616 to 1
73University of California-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
84%-91%$44,1601,34537.00%26,17918 to 1
74Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO
84%5%92%$39,8001,35555.00%6,74417 to 1
75Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
84%5%95%$21,6831,28532.00%43,56921 to 1
76University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN
84%10%93%$33,3251,35070.00%52,01717 to 1
77Rutgers University-New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ
84%-93%$31,7851,29567.00%50,41116 to 1
78North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, NC
84%-94%$29,2201,32046.00%36,04214 to 1
79University of Portland
Portland, OR
84%13%86%$49,6441,22577.00%3,99911 to 1
80University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Pittsburgh, PA
84%13%93%$33,7061,33264.00%32,27714 to 1
81Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI
84%-88%$45,6661,25082.00%11,55013 to 1
82California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA
83%2%94%$25,9711,31538.00%22,44021 to 1
83Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
83%-83%$52,5771,30050.00%9,68610 to 1
84University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
83%-93%$40,5021,28056.00%27,21516 to 1
85University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
83%-91%$53,6821,33533.00%17,80912 to 1
86University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA
83%-89%$36,4271,29565.00%31,64217 to 1
87Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, NY
83%7%88%$22,315-59.00%8,19117 to 1
88Fordham University
Bronx, NY
83%10%89%$55,7761,32053.00%16,36413 to 1
89Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
83%-89%$55,0881,28069.00%21,32215 to 1
90Elon University
Elon, NC
83%-90%$37,9211,23072.00%7,11713 to 1
91Texas A & M University-College Station
College Station, TX
83%6%94%$40,5261,27063.00%70,41819 to 1
92Purdue University-Main Campus
West Lafayette, IN
83%-93%$28,7941,29567.00%46,65513 to 1
93Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
82%15%92%$51,3251,26556.00%5,51312 to 1
94University of Delaware
Newark, DE
82%-90%$36,0901,24066.00%23,61315 to 1
95Butler University
Indianapolis, IN
82%14%86%$43,4001,23576.00%5,54412 to 1
96Creighton University
Omaha, NE
82%7%92%$43,0181,26064.00%8,77012 to 1
97Binghamton University
Vestal, NY
82%13%92%$27,6041,37043.00%18,14819 to 1
98Miami University-Oxford
Oxford, OH
82%13%88%$35,4481,26592.00%18,88016 to 1
99University of Scranton
Scranton, PA
82%-89%$47,0841,19079.00%4,95712 to 1
100Bryant University
Smithfield, RI
82%17%89%$46,8631,20076.00%3,67413 to 1