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Re: How to find graduation and placement rates?
Yes - definitely a good idea to ask after you've been admitted. I think the comps related questions would be best answered by current students in the program and should give you more insight into distinguishing between students who drop out voluntarily vs those who are not permitted to complete the program. I think that comps is the metric that most programs use to weed out under performing students but PhD students will also drop out for reasons that have nothing to do with poor performance.
You are definitely asking the right questions here. It would be nice if this data were more readily available!