Countries with the highest college graduation rates

Among today’s American 25- to 34-year olds, slightly more than 40 percent have associate’s degrees or higher. But that rate places the US only 12th of the 36 countries in a College Board study of countries with the highest graduation rates. Here are the top six countries.

6. Ireland, 43.9 percent


Ireland’s higher education participation rate has increased 2 percent each year since the mid-1960s. While the country enjoys a highly educated workforce and high graduation rate, a little over half the population (57 percent) that could pursue higher education does so.

The Parade of Academics during Belfast Ireland's Queen's University graduation ceremony is seen in this file photo.

Source: UNESCO

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