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Are you concerned that you will not graduate in for years?

According to the folks with FindTheBest you are not alone.

This visual representation of the United States shows it is not typical for the average undergraduate to obtain their degree in four years or less. In fact, the rate is no larger 46% in any of the 50 United States with Virginia (46%), New Hampshire (41%), Iowa (37.76%), and Washington (36.83%) leading the way.

You are in especially good company if you happen to live in on the West Coast.

Only eight other states have a 4-year graduation rate higher than 30 percent (Connecticut 30.3%, Pennsylvania 30.46%, New Jersey 30.83%, North Carolina 31%, Massachusetts 31.62%, New York 32.64%, South Carolina 33.18%, and South Carolina 33.18%), all of which are located in the eastern part of the U.S.

With all the pressure we face to find a major and finish up our course of study before we dig ourselves deeper in to debt, it is encouraging to know that we are not alone in our educational pursuits. The norm is becoming more and more to take that “victory lap,” an extra year to finish up our degree. This extra year can be beneficial in continuing to develop necessary social skills and overall attributes that will better prepare us for the “real world.”

As someone who has taken a victory lap and spent more than an extra year in college, it is encouraging to know that I was not alone. Furthermore, looking back, I can say that I wish I was not in such a hurry to move on.

The college years are some of the best years of our lives.

It is nice knowing that we can add an extra year to that life.

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