In Canada, 90 Percent of College Dropouts Eventually Graduate

A study of Canadian young people indicates that while half of all students drop out of their first-choice college, 90 percent of them eventually graduate from some other school. Only 10 percent drop out permanently.

“This study should change the view of post-secondary education,” said Professor Ross Finnie, lead author. “Young people are growing up slowly. It is not necessarily a bad thing. There is no reason to have a job and two kids by age 21.”

Using data from Statistics Canada, Professor Finnie found that 30 percent of the dropouts were back in college with a year, and 47 percent within three years. After five years, 70 percent had earned an undergraduate degree and 20 percent were still enrolled in some college program.