In 2004, among high school seniors with postsecondary aspirations, there was no significant difference in participation between males and females in college preparatory and awareness programs, a finding which held for all racial/ ethnic groups.
A number of college preparatory and awareness programs exist throughout the country to provide information to secondary school students about postsecondary education opportunities. Activities and services that these programs provide can include career exploration and aptitude assessment, exposure to college campuses, information on student financial assistance, assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications, assistance in preparing for college entrance exams, and mentoring programs.
In 2004, some 23 percent of seniors with postsecondary aspirations reported participating in programs to help prepare for college. Overall, there were no significant differences between the percentages for males and females (23 percent each), a pattern which held for all racial/ ethnic groups.
However, a higher percentage of Black students (34 percent) reported participating in these programs than did White (20 percent), Hispanic (25 percent), and Asian students (25 percent), with the same pattern found among male and female students. Additionally, among female students, a lower percentage of Whites participated than did Asians and those of two or more races (20 vs. 26 and 31 percent, respectively).
Figure 32-1 Among high school seniors with postsecondary aspirations, the percentage who reported participating in college preparatory and awareness programs, by race/ethnicity and sex: 2004
Table E-32-1 Among high school seniors with postsecondary aspirations, the percentage who reported participating in college preparatory and awareness programs, by race/ethnicity and sex: 2004