ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The graduation rate at the University of New Mexico has more than doubled in the past eight years.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday that in 2010, about 13 percent of University of New Mexico students earned their degree within four years.

Today, a third of students reach that milestone in that time.

Heather Mechler, director of UNM's Office of Institutional Analytics, says the university's five-year graduation rate reached 47 percent by the end of the spring semester.

The six-year rate rose to 50 percent.

Numbers for the three graduation rates are expected to grow with summer degree additions.

Mechler says final numbers should be available later this month.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com