College: Most Go, Only a Minority Graduate

In a post this morning, I said that only a minority of Americans go to college. That’s wrong. According to Census data, 42.4% of adults 25 to 64 report their highest level education as high school or less while 17.3% report their highest level of education as “some college, no degree.” Consequently, a majority of Americans attend college, but only about 40 percent of Americans graduate from a four-year institution. I’m reliably informed that only a minority of Americans attend a four-year institution at all.