At most Mississippi colleges and universities, fewer than half of first-time students graduate within six years.
The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University are among exceptions to the graduation rates found in the College Scorecards recently released by the U.S. Department of Education.
Antonelli College-Jackson, Millsaps College and Mississippi College also have graduation rates above 50 percent. Mountain College's rate is right at 50 percent.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that some students rack up thousands of dollars in student loan debt without a diploma.
The numbers also have troubling implications for Mississippi's economic outlook. A more educated population typically translates into higher income and more people paying more taxes.