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PhD Dropout Rates: What Percentage of PhD Students Drop out?

by | Mar 30, 2022 | 2 comments

What percentage of PhD Students drop out?

Did you know that over 50% of doctoral students quit each year?

I was reading the recent Ph.D. Completion Report that outlines statistics for doctoral programs. Over 50,000 students drop out of their doctorate program each year.

According to the Ph.D. Completion Project, the latest completion rates for doctoral students entering a program and finishing within 7 years are between 55% and 64%, depending on the fields.

Why do PhD Students drop out?

When surveyed and asked why do PhD students drop out, the top reasons reported were:

  1. Lack of proper mentoring and support
  2. Feelings of aimlessness and exhaustion
  3. Lack of community
  4. Poor relationships with supervisors

You already know that the rewards for finishing your doctorate degree are monumental. U.S. News & World Report noted that people with doctoral degrees will earn over their lifetime $2 million+ more than those holding bachelor’s degrees! In fact, holding a doctoral degree still remains one of the most prestigious academic distinctions in the world.

Yet, only about half of Ph.D. students actually obtain it, so the total number of terminally degreed individuals in the United States sits at less than 1%.

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  1. Help needed.

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