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Table 208. Recent high school completers and their enrollment in college, by sex: 1960 through 2009
[Numbers in thousands]
Year Number of high school completers1 Enrolled in college2
Total Males Females Total Males Females
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1960 1,679 (43.8) 756 (31.8) 923 (29.6) 758 (40.9) 45.1 (2.13) 408 (29.5) 54.0 (3.18) 350 (28.2) 37.9 (2.80)
1961 1,763 (46.0) 790 (33.2) 973 (31.3) 847 (42.9) 48.0 (2.09) 445 (30.8) 56.3 (3.10) 402 (29.9) 41.3 (2.77)
1962 1,838 (43.6) 872 (31.5) 966 (30.0) 900 (43.2) 49.0 (2.05) 480 (31.1) 55.0 (2.96) 420 (30.0) 43.5 (2.80)
1963 1,741 (44.2) 794 (32.1) 947 (30.0) 784 (41.5) 45.0 (2.09) 415 (29.8) 52.3 (3.11) 369 (28.8) 39.0 (2.78)
1964 2,145 (43.0) 997 (31.9) 1,148 (28.5) 1,037 (45.6) 48.3 (1.89) 570 (32.9) 57.2 (2.75) 467 (31.4) 40.7 (2.54)
                                     
1965 2,659 (47.7) 1,254 (35.1) 1,405 (32.0) 1,354 (51.4) 50.9 (1.70) 718 (36.7) 57.3 (2.45) 636 (35.8) 45.3 (2.33)
1966 2,612 (45.0) 1,207 (33.8) 1,405 (29.0) 1,309 (50.2) 50.1 (1.72) 709 (36.0) 58.7 (2.49) 600 (34.8) 42.7 (2.32)
1967 2,525 (37.9) 1,142 (28.4) 1,383 (24.3) 1,311 (40.9) 51.9 (1.42) 658 (28.9) 57.6 (2.09) 653 (28.9) 47.2 (1.92)
1968 2,606 (37.3) 1,184 (28.2) 1,422 (23.8) 1,444 (41.7) 55.4 (1.39) 748 (29.6) 63.2 (2.00) 696 (29.3) 48.9 (1.89)
1969 2,842 (36.0) 1,352 (26.8) 1,490 (23.7) 1,516 (42.5) 53.3 (1.34) 812 (30.3) 60.1 (1.90) 704 (29.7) 47.2 (1.85)
                                     
1970 2,758 (37.4) 1,343 (26.1) 1,415 (26.8) 1,427 (42.2) 51.7 (1.36) 741 (29.7) 55.2 (1.94) 686 (29.8) 48.5 (1.90)
1971 2,875 (38.0) 1,371 (26.6) 1,504 (27.1) 1,538 (43.2) 53.5 (1.33) 790 (30.3) 57.6 (1.90) 749 (30.8) 49.8 (1.84)
1972 2,964 (37.8) 1,423 (27.0) 1,542 (26.4) 1,459 (43.1) 49.2 (1.31) 750 (30.4) 52.7 (1.89) 709 (30.5) 46.0 (1.81)
1973 3,058 (37.1) 1,460 (27.6) 1,599 (24.6) 1,424 (43.0) 46.6 (1.29) 730 (30.6) 50.0 (1.87) 694 (30.2) 43.4 (1.77)
1974 3,101 (38.6) 1,491 (27.8) 1,611 (26.8) 1,475 (43.7) 47.6 (1.28) 736 (30.8) 49.4 (1.85) 740 (31.1) 45.9 (1.77)
                                     
1975 3,185 (38.6) 1,513 (27.3) 1,672 (27.2) 1,615 (44.8) 50.7 (1.26) 796 (31.2) 52.6 (1.83) 818 (32.1) 49.0 (1.75)
1976 2,986 (39.8) 1,451 (28.9) 1,535 (27.3) 1,458 (43.6) 48.8 (1.31) 685 (30.4) 47.2 (1.87) 773 (31.2) 50.3 (1.82)
1977 3,141 (40.7) 1,483 (29.7) 1,659 (27.7) 1,590 (45.4) 50.6 (1.29) 773 (31.8) 52.1 (1.87) 817 (32.4) 49.3 (1.77)
1978 3,163 (39.7) 1,485 (29.3) 1,677 (26.7) 1,585 (45.2) 50.1 (1.28) 759 (31.6) 51.1 (1.87) 827 (32.4) 49.3 (1.76)
1979 3,160 (40.0) 1,475 (29.2) 1,685 (27.2) 1,559 (45.1) 49.3 (1.28) 744 (31.4) 50.4 (1.88) 815 (32.4) 48.4 (1.76)
                                     
1980 3,088 (39.4) 1,498 (28.4) 1,589 (27.3) 1,523 (44.6) 49.3 (1.30) 700 (30.9) 46.7 (1.86) 823 (32.0) 51.8 (1.81)
1981 3,056 (42.2) 1,491 (30.4) 1,565 (29.1) 1,648 (45.8) 53.9 (1.30) 817 (32.4) 54.8 (1.86) 831 (32.4) 53.1 (1.82)
1982 3,100 (40.4) 1,509 (29.0) 1,592 (28.2) 1,569 (46.9) 50.6 (1.36) 741 (32.7) 49.1 (1.95) 828 (33.6) 52.0 (1.90)
1983 2,963 (41.6) 1,389 (30.4) 1,573 (28.2) 1,562 (46.7) 52.7 (1.39) 721 (32.3) 51.9 (2.03) 841 (33.6) 53.4 (1.91)
1984 3,012 (36.5) 1,429 (28.7) 1,584 (21.9) 1,663 (46.0) 55.2 (1.37) 801 (32.7) 56.0 (1.99) 862 (32.3) 54.5 (1.90)
                                     
1985 2,668 (40.1) 1,287 (28.7) 1,381 (27.9) 1,540 (45.1) 57.7 (1.45) 755 (31.6) 58.6 (2.08) 785 (32.1) 56.8 (2.02)
1986 2,786 (38.6) 1,332 (28.5) 1,454 (26.0) 1,498 (45.0) 53.8 (1.43) 743 (31.7) 55.8 (2.06) 755 (31.9) 51.9 (1.99)
1987 2,647 (40.9) 1,278 (29.8) 1,369 (28.0) 1,503 (45.1) 56.8 (1.46) 746 (31.9) 58.3 (2.09) 757 (31.9) 55.3 (2.04)
1988 2,673 (47.0) 1,334 (34.1) 1,339 (32.3) 1,575 (50.3) 58.9 (1.57) 761 (35.6) 57.1 (2.24) 814 (35.4) 60.7 (2.20)
1989 2,450 (46.5) 1,204 (32.9) 1,246 (32.8) 1,460 (48.7) 59.6 (1.64) 693 (34.0) 57.6 (2.35) 767 (34.8) 61.6 (2.27)
                                     
1990 2,362 (43.0) 1,173 (30.6) 1,189 (30.2) 1,420 (45.9) 60.1 (1.60) 680 (32.2) 58.0 (2.29) 740 (32.6) 62.2 (2.24)
1991 2,276 (41.0) 1,140 (29.0) 1,136 (29.0) 1,423 (44.8) 62.5 (1.62) 660 (31.4) 57.9 (2.33) 763 (31.9) 67.1 (2.22)
1992 2,397 (40.4) 1,216 (29.1) 1,180 (28.1) 1,483 (45.4) 61.9 (1.58) 729 (32.3) 60.0 (2.24) 754 (31.8) 63.8 (2.23)
1993 2,342 (41.4) 1,120 (30.6) 1,223 (27.7) 1,467 (45.4) 62.6 (1.59) 670 (31.9) 59.9 (2.33) 797 (32.1) 65.2 (2.17)
1994 2,517 (38.1) 1,244 (27.9) 1,273 (25.9) 1,559 (43.0) 61.9 (1.43) 754 (30.6) 60.6 (2.05) 805 (30.2) 63.2 (1.99)
                                     
1995 2,599 (40.9) 1,238 (29.9) 1,361 (27.7) 1,610 (44.5) 61.9 (1.41) 775 (31.3) 62.6 (2.03) 835 (31.5) 61.3 (1.95)
1996 2,660 (40.5) 1,297 (29.5) 1,363 (27.7) 1,729 (46.1) 65.0 (1.42) 779 (32.4) 60.1 (2.09) 950 (32.5) 69.7 (1.92)
1997 2,769 (41.8) 1,354 (31.0) 1,415 (27.9) 1,856 (47.3) 67.0 (1.38) 860 (33.6) 63.6 (2.01) 995 (32.9) 70.3 (1.87)
1998 2,810 (43.9) 1,452 (31.0) 1,358 (31.0) 1,844 (48.3) 65.6 (1.38) 906 (34.4) 62.4 (1.96) 938 (33.9) 69.1 (1.93)
1999 2,897 (41.5) 1,474 (29.9) 1,423 (28.8) 1,822 (47.8) 62.9 (1.38) 905 (34.1) 61.4 (1.95) 917 (33.4) 64.4 (1.95)
                                     
2000 2,756 (45.3) 1,251 (33.6) 1,505 (29.7) 1,745 (48.4) 63.3 (1.41) 749 (33.4) 59.9 (2.13) 996 (34.4) 66.2 (1.88)
2001 2,549 (46.5) 1,277 (33.7) 1,273 (32.0) 1,574 (47.5) 61.8 (1.48) 767 (33.7) 60.1 (2.11) 808 (33.3) 63.5 (2.08)
2002 2,796 (42.7) 1,412 (31.3) 1,384 (29.0) 1,824 (46.1) 65.2 (1.31) 877 (33.0) 62.1 (1.88) 947 (32.1) 68.4 (1.82)
2003 2,677 (42.2) 1,306 (29.9) 1,372 (29.7) 1,711 (45.2) 63.9 (1.35) 799 (31.5) 61.2 (1.97) 913 (32.3) 66.5 (1.86)
2004 2,752 (40.0) 1,327 (29.1) 1,425 (27.3) 1,835 (44.9) 66.7 (1.31) 815 (31.5) 61.4 (1.95) 1,020 (31.6) 71.5 (1.74)
                                     
2005 2,675 (40.8) 1,262 (31.5) 1,414 (24.9) 1,834 (44.8) 68.6 (1.31) 839 (32.2) 66.5 (1.94) 995 (30.6) 70.4 (1.77)
2006 2,692 (44.6) 1,328 (32.7) 1,363 (30.1) 1,776 (46.4) 66.0 (1.33) 875 (33.2) 65.8 (1.90) 901 (32.4) 66.1 (1.87)
2007 2,955 (42.6) 1,511 (30.0) 1,444 (30.3) 1,986 (47.0) 67.2 (1.26) 999 (33.4) 66.1 (1.78) 986 (33.1) 68.3 (1.79)
2008 3,151 (42.8) 1,640 (29.6) 1,511 (30.9) 2,161 (48.0) 68.6 (1.21) 1,080 (34.1) 65.9 (1.71) 1,081 (33.8) 71.6 (1.69)
2009 2,937 (45.0) 1,407 (32.8) 1,531 (30.6) 2,058 (48.0) 70.1 (1.23) 928 (33.8) 66.0 (1.84) 1,130 (33.8) 73.8 (1.64)
1 Individuals ages 16 to 24 who graduated from high school or completed a GED during the preceding 12 months.
2 Enrollment in college as of October of each year for individuals ages 16 to 24 who completed high school during the preceding 12 months.
NOTE: Data are based on sample surveys of the civilian population. High school completion data in this table differ from figures appearing in other tables because of varying survey procedures and coverage. High school completers include GED recipients. Standard errors appear in parentheses. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: American College Testing Program, unpublished tabulations, derived from statistics collected by the Census Bureau, 1960 through 1969. U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October, 1970 through 2009. (This table was prepared August 2010.)

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