Full-time students more likely to graduate

Madison Rexroat

A study by the Center for Community College Student Engagement found that students who take classes full-time – even if only for one semester – are more likely to graduate than part-time students.

In the study, students at community colleges were 34 percent more likely to earn an associate degree if they took a full load at least one semester compared to part-time students at 23 percent. Students who were full-time every semester had the highest chance of completion at 50 percent. 

The reason for such a difference is rather straightforward as full-time students are more likely to be engaged with campus activities, advisors and faculty, and support services. Full-time students are also more likely to complete gateway classes and participate in orientation programs.

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