DE PERE - As college students get their degrees this weekend, local colleges say their graduation rates are something to be proud of.
Wisconsin ranks above the national average when it comes to college graduation rates. And one local college in De Pere tops them all.
Graduating students at St. Norbert College are understandably proud, and so is the college itself.
"We have the highest four year graduation rate in the state," said Bridget O'Connor, the vice president of enrollment at St. Norbert College.
A FOX 11 Fact Check found 70 percent of St. Norbert College students graduate in four years. That's according to a study by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The average four year graduation rate for all private colleges in Wisconsin is just under 48 percent.
"We have a four year graduation guarantee. We do everything we can to align them with an advisor to get the classes they need and to be able to finish on time," said O'Connor.
O'Connor says 12 percent of students actually complete their studies in less than four years.
"It's kind of a compliment to me that I'm finishing in three years, I guess," said Nicole Wallace, St. College graduate.
Wallace says her motivation to finish her business administration degree quickly wasn't just professional motivation.
"My parents were only going to help me for four years," said Wallace.
Ripon College and UW-Oshkosh also held commencement ceremonies this weekend.
Data from a comprehensive study by the Chronicle of Higher Education shows 57 percent of Ripon College students graduate in four years. However, the college says 84 percent of its students graduate on time.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education data, UW-Oshkosh ranks the lowest out of private and public colleges in the state for four year graduates.
Only 14 percent finish on time. 51 percent finish in less than six years.
Career services counselors say no matter how long it takes to earn a degree, the education is worth it.
"Even if you look at unemployment rates. The unemployment rate of a college grad is about 3.9 percent, versus the 7.5 percent across the general population. So, finishing that degree is incredibly important," said Mandy Nycz, career services director at St. Norbert College.
And grads say they hope to put that education towards worthwhile causes in the area.
St. Norbert College officials say the number of students looking to stay in Northeast Wisconsin is encouraging. More than 60 percent of graduates say they'd like to remain in the area.
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