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What happens to 100 students who start a bachelor’s degree?

In 2018, we used a representative 100 students to illustrate how colleges and universities across the country were delivering on the promises of higher education. Five years later, what has changed? Explore this infographic to find out.

View a full list of sources below.


  1. Completing College: Completing College National and State Reports – Fall 2016 Cohort” National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (2022).
  2. How America Completes College: Understanding What Helps Students Graduate” Sallie Mae, in partnership with Ipsos (2022).
  3. Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2021” Board Of Governors Of The Federal Reserve System (2022).
  4. Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment“ U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (2022).
  5. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Labor Market for Recent College Graduates
  6. Hanson, Melanie. “Average Student Loan Debt”, May 22, 2023
  7. Immediate College Enrollment Rate: Condition of Education” U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.
  8. Digest of Education Statistics 2022 – table 303.10.” NCES (2022)

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