Digest of Education Statistics
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Table 302.10. Recent high school completers and their enrollment in 2-year and 4-year colleges, by sex: 1960 through 2012
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year Number of high school completers1 (in thousands) Percent of high school completers enrolled in college2
Total Males Females
Total Males Females Total 2-year 4-year Total 2-year 4-year Total 2-year 4-year
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1960 1,679 (43.8) 756 (31.8) 923 (29.6) 45.1 (2.13) (†) (†) 54.0 (3.18) (†) (†) 37.9 (2.80) (†) (†)
1961 1,763 (46.0) 790 (33.2) 973 (31.3) 48.0 (2.09) (†) (†) 56.3 (3.10) (†) (†) 41.3 (2.77) (†) (†)
1962 1,838 (43.6) 872 (31.5) 966 (30.0) 49.0 (2.05) (†) (†) 55.0 (2.96) (†) (†) 43.5 (2.80) (†) (†)
1963 1,741 (44.2) 794 (32.1) 947 (30.0) 45.0 (2.09) (†) (†) 52.3 (3.11) (†) (†) 39.0 (2.78) (†) (†)
1964 2,145 (43.0) 997 (31.9) 1,148 (28.5) 48.3 (1.89) (†) (†) 57.2 (2.75) (†) (†) 40.7 (2.54) (†) (†)
                                                 
1965 2,659 (47.7) 1,254 (35.1) 1,405 (32.0) 50.9 (1.70) (†) (†) 57.3 (2.45) (†) (†) 45.3 (2.33) (†) (†)
1966 2,612 (45.0) 1,207 (33.8) 1,405 (29.0) 50.1 (1.72) (†) (†) 58.7 (2.49) (†) (†) 42.7 (2.32) (†) (†)
1967 2,525 (37.9) 1,142 (28.4) 1,383 (24.3) 51.9 (1.42) (†) (†) 57.6 (2.09) (†) (†) 47.2 (1.92) (†) (†)
1968 2,606 (37.3) 1,184 (28.2) 1,422 (23.8) 55.4 (1.39) (†) (†) 63.2 (2.00) (†) (†) 48.9 (1.89) (†) (†)
1969 2,842 (36.0) 1,352 (26.8) 1,490 (23.7) 53.3 (1.34) (†) (†) 60.1 (1.90) (†) (†) 47.2 (1.85) (†) (†)
                                                 
1970 2,758 (37.4) 1,343 (26.1) 1,415 (26.8) 51.7 (1.36) (†) (†) 55.2 (1.94) (†) (†) 48.5 (1.90) (†) (†)
1971 2,875 (38.0) 1,371 (26.6) 1,504 (27.1) 53.5 (1.33) (†) (†) 57.6 (1.90) (†) (†) 49.8 (1.84) (†) (†)
1972 2,964 (37.8) 1,423 (27.0) 1,542 (26.4) 49.2 (1.31) (†) (†) 52.7 (1.89) (†) (†) 46.0 (1.81) (†) (†)
1973 3,058 (37.1) 1,460 (27.6) 1,599 (24.6) 46.6 (1.29) 14.9 (0.92) 31.6 (1.20) 50.0 (1.87) 14.6 (1.32) 35.4 (1.79) 43.4 (1.77) 15.2 (1.28) 28.2 (1.61)
1974 3,101 (38.6) 1,491 (27.8) 1,611 (26.8) 47.6 (1.28) 15.2 (0.92) 32.4 (1.20) 49.4 (1.85) 16.6 (1.37) 32.8 (1.74) 45.9 (1.77) 13.9 (1.23) 32.0 (1.66)
                                                 
1975 3,185 (38.6) 1,513 (27.3) 1,672 (27.2) 50.7 (1.26) 18.2 (0.98) 32.6 (1.19) 52.6 (1.83) 19.0 (1.44) 33.6 (1.73) 49.0 (1.75) 17.4 (1.32) 31.6 (1.62)
1976 2,986 (39.8) 1,451 (28.9) 1,535 (27.3) 48.8 (1.31) 15.6 (0.95) 33.3 (1.23) 47.2 (1.87) 14.5 (1.32) 32.7 (1.76) 50.3 (1.82) 16.6 (1.35) 33.8 (1.72)
1977 3,141 (40.7) 1,483 (29.7) 1,659 (27.7) 50.6 (1.29) 17.5 (0.98) 33.1 (1.21) 52.1 (1.87) 17.2 (1.41) 35.0 (1.79) 49.3 (1.77) 17.8 (1.36) 31.5 (1.65)
1978 3,163 (39.7) 1,485 (29.3) 1,677 (26.7) 50.1 (1.28) 17.0 (0.96) 33.1 (1.21) 51.1 (1.87) 15.6 (1.36) 35.5 (1.79) 49.3 (1.76) 18.3 (1.36) 31.0 (1.63)
1979 3,160 (40.0) 1,475 (29.2) 1,685 (27.2) 49.3 (1.28) 17.5 (0.98) 31.8 (1.20) 50.4 (1.88) 16.9 (1.41) 33.5 (1.78) 48.4 (1.76) 18.1 (1.35) 30.3 (1.62)
                                                 
1980 3,088 (39.4) 1,498 (28.4) 1,589 (27.3) 49.3 (1.30) 19.4 (1.03) 29.9 (1.19) 46.7 (1.86) 17.1 (1.40) 29.7 (1.70) 51.8 (1.81) 21.6 (1.49) 30.2 (1.66)
1981 3,056 (42.2) 1,491 (30.4) 1,565 (29.1) 53.9 (1.30) 20.5 (1.05) 33.5 (1.23) 54.8 (1.86) 20.9 (1.52) 33.9 (1.77) 53.1 (1.82) 20.1 (1.46) 33.0 (1.72)
1982 3,100 (40.4) 1,509 (29.0) 1,592 (28.2) 50.6 (1.36) 19.1 (1.07) 31.5 (1.26) 49.1 (1.95) 17.5 (1.48) 31.6 (1.81) 52.0 (1.90) 20.6 (1.54) 31.4 (1.76)
1983 2,963 (41.6) 1,389 (30.4) 1,573 (28.2) 52.7 (1.39) 19.2 (1.10) 33.5 (1.31) 51.9 (2.03) 20.2 (1.63) 31.7 (1.89) 53.4 (1.91) 18.4 (1.48) 35.1 (1.82)
1984 3,012 (36.5) 1,429 (28.7) 1,584 (21.9) 55.2 (1.37) 19.4 (1.09) 35.8 (1.32) 56.0 (1.99) 17.7 (1.53) 38.4 (1.95) 54.5 (1.90) 21.0 (1.55) 33.5 (1.80)
                                                 
1985 2,668 (40.1) 1,287 (28.7) 1,381 (27.9) 57.7 (1.45) 19.6 (1.16) 38.1 (1.43) 58.6 (2.08) 19.9 (1.69) 38.8 (2.06) 56.8 (2.02) 19.3 (1.61) 37.5 (1.97)
1986 2,786 (38.6) 1,332 (28.5) 1,454 (26.0) 53.8 (1.43) 19.2 (1.13) 34.5 (1.37) 55.8 (2.06) 21.3 (1.70) 34.5 (1.97) 51.9 (1.99) 17.3 (1.50) 34.6 (1.89)
1987 2,647 (40.9) 1,278 (29.8) 1,369 (28.0) 56.8 (1.46) 18.9 (1.15) 37.9 (1.43) 58.3 (2.09) 17.3 (1.60) 41.0 (2.09) 55.3 (2.04) 20.3 (1.65) 35.0 (1.95)
1988 2,673 (47.0) 1,334 (34.1) 1,339 (32.3) 58.9 (1.57) 21.9 (1.32) 37.1 (1.54) 57.1 (2.24) 21.3 (1.85) 35.8 (2.17) 60.7 (2.20) 22.4 (1.88) 38.3 (2.19)
1989 2,450 (46.5) 1,204 (32.9) 1,246 (32.8) 59.6 (1.64) 20.7 (1.35) 38.9 (1.63) 57.6 (2.35) 18.3 (1.84) 39.3 (2.32) 61.6 (2.27) 23.1 (1.97) 38.5 (2.28)
                                                 
1990 2,362 (43.0) 1,173 (30.6) 1,189 (30.2) 60.1 (1.60) 20.1 (1.31) 40.0 (1.60) 58.0 (2.29) 19.6 (1.85) 38.4 (2.26) 62.2 (2.24) 20.6 (1.87) 41.6 (2.28)
1991 2,276 (41.0) 1,140 (29.0) 1,136 (29.0) 62.5 (1.62) 24.9 (1.44) 37.7 (1.62) 57.9 (2.33) 22.9 (1.98) 35.0 (2.25) 67.1 (2.22) 26.8 (2.09) 40.3 (2.32)
1992 2,397 (40.4) 1,216 (29.1) 1,180 (28.1) 61.9 (1.58) 23.0 (1.37) 38.9 (1.59) 60.0 (2.24) 22.1 (1.89) 37.8 (2.21) 63.8 (2.23) 23.9 (1.98) 40.0 (2.27)
1993 2,342 (41.4) 1,120 (30.6) 1,223 (27.7) 62.6 (1.59) 22.8 (1.38) 39.8 (1.61) 59.9 (2.33) 22.9 (2.00) 37.0 (2.30) 65.2 (2.17) 22.8 (1.91) 42.4 (2.25)
1994 2,517 (38.1) 1,244 (27.9) 1,273 (25.9) 61.9 (1.43) 21.0 (1.20) 40.9 (1.45) 60.6 (2.05) 23.0 (1.76) 37.5 (2.03) 63.2 (1.99) 19.1 (1.63) 44.1 (2.05)
                                                 
1995 2,599 (40.9) 1,238 (29.9) 1,361 (27.7) 61.9 (1.41) 21.5 (1.19) 40.4 (1.42) 62.6 (2.03) 25.3 (1.82) 37.4 (2.03) 61.3 (1.95) 18.1 (1.54) 43.2 (1.98)
1996 2,660 (40.5) 1,297 (29.5) 1,363 (27.7) 65.0 (1.42) 23.1 (1.26) 41.9 (1.47) 60.1 (2.09) 21.5 (1.76) 38.5 (2.08) 69.7 (1.92) 24.6 (1.80) 45.1 (2.07)
1997 2,769 (41.8) 1,354 (31.0) 1,415 (27.9) 67.0 (1.38) 22.8 (1.23) 44.3 (1.45) 63.6 (2.01) 21.4 (1.71) 42.2 (2.07) 70.3 (1.87) 24.1 (1.75) 46.2 (2.04)
1998 2,810 (43.9) 1,452 (31.0) 1,358 (31.0) 65.6 (1.38) 24.4 (1.25) 41.3 (1.43) 62.4 (1.96) 24.4 (1.74) 38.0 (1.96) 69.1 (1.93) 24.3 (1.79) 44.8 (2.08)
1999 2,897 (41.5) 1,474 (29.9) 1,423 (28.8) 62.9 (1.38) 21.0 (1.17) 41.9 (1.41) 61.4 (1.95) 21.0 (1.63) 40.5 (1.97) 64.4 (1.95) 21.1 (1.67) 43.3 (2.02)
                                                 
2000 2,756 (45.3) 1,251 (33.6) 1,505 (29.7) 63.3 (1.41) 21.4 (1.20) 41.9 (1.45) 59.9 (2.13) 23.1 (1.83) 36.8 (2.10) 66.2 (1.88) 20.0 (1.59) 46.2 (1.98)
2001 2,549 (46.5) 1,277 (33.7) 1,273 (32.0) 61.8 (1.48) 19.6 (1.21) 42.1 (1.51) 60.1 (2.11) 18.6 (1.68) 41.4 (2.12) 63.5 (2.08) 20.6 (1.75) 42.8 (2.13)
2002 2,796 (42.7) 1,412 (31.3) 1,384 (29.0) 65.2 (1.31) 21.6 (1.14) 43.6 (1.37) 62.1 (1.88) 20.4 (1.57) 41.7 (1.92) 68.4 (1.82) 22.8 (1.65) 45.6 (1.95)
2003 2,677 (42.2) 1,306 (29.9) 1,372 (29.7) 63.9 (1.35) 21.5 (1.16) 42.5 (1.39) 61.2 (1.97) 21.9 (1.67) 39.3 (1.97) 66.5 (1.86) 21.0 (1.61) 45.5 (1.96)
2004 2,752 (40.0) 1,327 (29.1) 1,425 (27.3) 66.7 (1.31) 22.4 (1.16) 44.2 (1.38) 61.4 (1.95) 21.8 (1.65) 39.6 (1.96) 71.5 (1.74) 23.1 (1.63) 48.5 (1.93)
                                                 
2005 2,675 (40.8) 1,262 (31.5) 1,414 (24.9) 68.6 (1.31) 24.0 (1.21) 44.6 (1.40) 66.5 (1.94) 24.7 (1.77) 41.8 (2.03) 70.4 (1.77) 23.4 (1.64) 47.0 (1.94)
2006 2,692 (44.6) 1,328 (32.7) 1,363 (30.1) 66.0 (1.33) 24.7 (1.21) 41.3 (1.39) 65.8 (1.90) 24.9 (1.73) 40.9 (1.97) 66.1 (1.87) 24.5 (1.70) 41.7 (1.95)
2007 2,955 (42.6) 1,511 (30.0) 1,444 (30.3) 67.2 (1.26) 24.1 (1.15) 43.1 (1.33) 66.1 (1.78) 22.7 (1.57) 43.4 (1.86) 68.3 (1.79) 25.5 (1.67) 42.8 (1.90)
2008 3,151 (42.8) 1,640 (29.6) 1,511 (30.9) 68.6 (1.21) 27.7 (1.16) 40.9 (1.28) 65.9 (1.71) 24.9 (1.56) 41.0 (1.77) 71.6 (1.69) 30.6 (1.73) 40.9 (1.85)
2009 2,937 (45.0) 1,407 (32.8) 1,531 (30.6) 70.1 (1.23) 27.7 (1.21) 42.4 (1.33) 66.0 (1.84) 25.1 (1.69) 40.9 (1.91) 73.8 (1.64) 30.1 (1.71) 43.8 (1.85)
                                                 
20103 3,160 (91.8) 1,679 (64.6) 1,482 (58.4) 68.1 (1.49) 26.7 (1.52) 41.4 (1.61) 62.8 (1.88) 28.5 (2.03) 34.3 (1.97) 74.0 (2.31) 24.6 (2.32) 49.5 (2.59)
20113 3,079 (88.3) 1,611 (60.6) 1,468 (58.4) 68.2 (1.45) 25.9 (1.49) 42.3 (1.44) 64.7 (2.16) 24.7 (1.79) 40.0 (2.10) 72.2 (1.98) 27.3 (2.17) 44.9 (2.37)
20123 3,203 (96.2) 1,622 (70.1) 1,581 (54.0) 66.2 (1.59) 28.8 (1.57) 37.5 (1.60) 61.3 (2.17) 26.9 (2.20) 34.4 (2.15) 71.3 (2.11) 30.7 (2.09) 40.6 (2.21)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
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.
3 Beginning in 2010, standard errors were computed using replicate weights, which produced more precise values than the methodology used in prior years.
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. 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 2012. (This table was prepared May 2013.)

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