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Overview: Purpose

National Longitudinal Study of 1972 (NLS-72) Features

  • Nationally representative, longitudinal study of 12th graders in 1972, with a supplementary sample drawn in 1973
  • Surveys of 12th graders with follow-up surveys throughout their postsecondary years
  • Postsecondary transcripts to enhance analyses

NLS-72 Focus

  • What are students’ trajectories after leaving high school into postsecondary education, the workforce, and beyond?
  • What factors influence the students’ educational and career outcomes after passing through the American educational system?

NLS-72 Data Collection Waves

  • Base Year (1972) – Available now
  • First Follow-up (1973) – Available now
  • Second Follow-up (1974) – Available now
  • Third Follow-up (1976) – Available now
  • Fourth Follow-up (1979) – Available now
  • Postsecondary Transcripts (1984) – Available now
  • Fifth Follow-up (1986) – Available now