More than 70 percent of Wisconsin college students who enrolled in 2015 graduated within six years, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The state outperformed national averages in all institutional categories, but significant graduation rate gaps still exist between racial groups.

The “Completing College” national and state report tracked and compared six-year graduation rates at four-year public universities, two-year public universities and four-year nonprofit universities. The report shows 62.2 percent of all college students in the U.S. who enrolled as freshman in 2015 graduated within six-years. The overall rate for Wisconsin’s public and private colleges and universities was 70.3 percent. The six-year graduation rate for the state has seen a near steady increase since 2009.

When broken down further, the data showed that 73.9 percent of Wisconsin students who enrolled at public, four-year universities graduated within the six-year window. That’s nearly 5 percentage points higher than the national average for state universities.

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