Overall graduation rates for the University of North Carolina system top the national average for public colleges, a new study shows.

National data show that 46.2 percent of full-time freshmen who entered four-year public colleges in 1980 had graduated after six years.But at North Carolina's public universities, an estimated 55 percent to 60 percent of full-time freshmen who entered in 1980 had graduated six years later, according to a UNC system study released Thursday.

Six-year graduation rates for N.C. freshmen entering in 1983 ranged from a high of 80.8 percent at UNC-Chapel Hill to a low of 19.4 percent at Fayetteville State University.

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