Studies show that many US high school graduates who go on to higher education are unprepared for what is expected of them once they enter college. As many as one in four fail to complete their first year of study. Dropping out of higher education prematurely is not a uniquely US problem, of course. But the rate of students who finish their degrees, or attainment rate, is strikingly lower in the US, with 40%, than in, for example, Canada, with 55.8%, or Japan, with 53.7%. In the UK, it was reported last year that drop-out rates among first year students had soared by 13%.
The following infographic summarizes who is most likely to drop out, and why.