Four Years to Graduate

Here, 86 percent of recent grads earned their degrees in four years.

Graduating in four years affirms good advising and academic planning, motivated students, and a supportive learning environment that fosters success. It also means students start their career earlier or will be enrolled in graduate or professional education sooner than their public-funded university peers.

"We estimate a college’s 'value-add' by calculating its performance on important measures such as graduation rates...," the report said. "We believe this analysis gives students and parents a much better indication of which colleges will provide real value for their tuition dollars."

— Money's 2017 Best Colleges
AU ranked No. 168 among 711 colleges and universities nationwide

What about those who don’t finish in four years? Typical of a NCAA Division II athletic program, freshmen normally “red-shirt,” meaning they only practice during their freshman year and begin game participation when they are sophomores academically. Naturally, this extends the time they are in college. Most of these students finish 4 ½  to 5 years. Other exceptions are those who double-major or pursue professional programs which may require more than the 130 credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree.

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