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These University Degrees Have The Highest Dropout Rates

Not to put you off or anything…


University isn’t for everyone. Sadly it will take some people signing up for a course before they realise this.

There’s no set reasons for a person dropping out of their course. Every case is completely unique.

That being said, there are obviously some courses that have higher dropout rates than others.

These are the degrees with the highest dropout rates, based on the percentage of students leaving the courses.

Computing – 10.7%

Despite it’s growing importance, computing courses, by a fair bit, have the highest percentage of first year dropouts.


Advertising – 7.7%

Turns out the industry wasn’t quite like Mad Men after all…


Agriculture – 7.4%

“The cultivation and breeding of animals, plants and fungi for food, fibre, biofuel, medicinal plants and other products to sustain and enhance human life.” Should we be worried?


Art / Architecture / Business – 7.3%

All sitting level. Architecture students definitely have an excuse with the whole 7 year degree thing, yikes.


Biology / Engineering – 6.7% 

I mean, doing a biology degree is brave in the first place.


Education – 6.1%

Thousands of students simultaneously realising what little s***s they were as kids…


Joint Honours – 6%

Bravo for being ambitious, maybe biting off a tad more than you could chew though?


Medical (Not Medicine) – 5.9%

Downfall of the NHS etc etc.


Social Studies / Law – 5.7%

Social Studies – Widely regarded as useless anyway.
Law – Very hard.

Obviously this isn’t intended to put anyone off in any kind of way. In the grand scheme of how many students take these courses on, it’s still a small amount who decide it isn’t for them.

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