New York students who were dually enrolled in college classes while in high school had higher college completion rates than the national average, according to a national study.

Dual enrollment accounted for about 21 percent of new community college students in New York, which is higher than the national average of 15 percent, according to the study from the Community College Research Center. Fifty percent of those students went on to a four-year college and 38 percent attended a two-year college.

Fifty-four percent of those students completed a degree or program at the two-year schools within five years after leaving high school, compared with 46 percent nationally. For four-year institutions, 71 percent of New York students who took dual enrollment classes in high school completed a college degree within five years, compared with 64 percent nationally.

The authors of the report tracked 200,000 students using data from the National Student Clearinghouse.

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