A new study shows college students in Virginia are earning their degrees faster than the national average.

The study found the average completion rate for college students from Virginia at four-year public institutions is 76 percent. That compares to a national average of 61 percent according to the study.

Governor Bob McDonnell says, "This report highlights the impressive work that our institutions of higher education are doing to assist Virginians in college competition and retention."

Students from Iowa and New Hampshire were the only ones with higher completion rates. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center conducted the study.