Research Firm Finds 15-Credit Course Load Increases Likelihood of Graduation

A new analysis by the research firm EAB found that incoming college students who average at least 15 credits per term during their first year are more likely to graduate and get better grades, Inside Higher Ed reports.

The EAB study tracked 1.3 million full-time students at 137 institutions and found that students who averaged 15 credits per term in their first year were 19 percent more likely to graduate in four years. They were also more likely to return for their sophomore year and had higher GPAs than their peers, reported Inside Higher Ed.

In addition, EAB analyzed a subset of about 20,000 students and found those eligible to receive a Pell Grant had similar positive outcomes when they took 15 credits per semester.


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