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Immediate transition to college

Question:
How has the college enrollment rate immediately following high school graduation varied over time?

Response:
Of the 3.0 million recent high school completers1 in 2015, some 2.1 million, or 69 percent, enrolled in college by the following October. The annual percentage of high school completers who enroll in 2- or 4-year colleges in the fall immediately following high school is known as the immediate college enrollment rate. From 2000 to 2015, the immediate college enrollment rate increased by 6 percentage points (from 63 percent to 69 percent). There was no measurable change in the immediate college enrollment rate from 2014 to 2015. Higher percentages of high school completers immediately enrolled in 4-year colleges than in 2-year colleges in every year from 2000 to 2015. In 2015, about 44 percent of high school completers enrolled in a 4-year college and 25 percent enrolled in a 2-year college. The immediate enrollment rate at 2-year colleges increased from 21 percent in 2000 to 25 percent in 2015. The immediate enrollment rate at 4-year colleges in 2015 (44 percent) was not measurably different from the rate in 2000.


Percentage of high school completers who were enrolled in 2- or 4-year colleges by the October immediately following high school completion, by level of institution: 20002015

The data in this figure is described in the surrounding text.

NOTE: High school completers are individuals ages 16 to 24 who graduated from high school or completed a GED prior to October of the calendar year.


1 High school completers are individuals ages 16 to 24 who graduated from high school or completed a GED prior to October of the calendar year.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2017). The Condition of Education 2017 (2017-144), Immediate College Enrollment Rate.

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