Number of the Day: 40.9%

NJ Spotlight News | July 26, 2010

New Jersey may have one of the nation’s top high school graduation rates, but when it comes to college just 40.9 percent of residents hold an associates degree or higher. That puts New Jersey eighth in the country, according to the new College Board College Completion Agenda, and behind the national average of 41.6 percent. New Jersey’s college completion stats are no better: of those seeking bachelor’s degrees, 60.1 percent finish in six years, earning the Garden State a ranking of 13. More striking, just 13 percent of those seeking associates degrees in New Jersey are successful within three years, the second-lowest rate in the nation, ahead of only Delaware.