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Table 302.10. Recent high school completers and their enrollment in college, by sex and level of institution: 1960 through 2017
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year Number of high school completers1 (in thousands) Percent of recent high school completers1 enrolled in college2
Total Males Females
Total Males Females Total 2-year college 4-year college or university Total 2-year college 4-year college or university Total 2-year college 4-year college or university
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1960 1,679 (44.5) 756 (32.3) 923 (30.1) 45.1 (2.16) --- (†) --- (†) 54.0 (3.23) --- (†) --- (†) 37.9 (2.85) --- (†) --- (†)
1961 1,763 (46.7) 790 (33.7) 973 (31.8) 48.0 (2.12) --- (†) --- (†) 56.3 (3.14) --- (†) --- (†) 41.3 (2.81) --- (†) --- (†)
1962 1,838 (44.3) 872 (32.0) 966 (30.4) 49.0 (2.08) --- (†) --- (†) 55.0 (3.00) --- (†) --- (†) 43.5 (2.84) --- (†) --- (†)
1963 1,741 (44.9) 794 (32.6) 947 (30.5) 45.0 (2.12) --- (†) --- (†) 52.3 (3.16) --- (†) --- (†) 39.0 (2.82) --- (†) --- (†)
1964 2,145 (43.6) 997 (32.3) 1,148 (28.9) 48.3 (1.92) --- (†) --- (†) 57.2 (2.79) --- (†) --- (†) 40.7 (2.58) --- (†) --- (†)
                                                 
1965 2,659 (48.5) 1,254 (35.7) 1,405 (32.5) 50.9 (1.73) --- (†) --- (†) 57.3 (2.49) --- (†) --- (†) 45.3 (2.37) --- (†) --- (†)
1966 2,612 (45.7) 1,207 (34.4) 1,405 (29.5) 50.1 (1.74) --- (†) --- (†) 58.7 (2.53) --- (†) --- (†) 42.7 (2.35) --- (†) --- (†)
1967 2,525 (38.5) 1,142 (28.9) 1,383 (24.7) 51.9 (1.44) --- (†) --- (†) 57.6 (2.12) --- (†) --- (†) 47.2 (1.95) --- (†) --- (†)
1968 2,606 (38.0) 1,184 (28.7) 1,422 (24.2) 55.4 (1.41) --- (†) --- (†) 63.2 (2.04) --- (†) --- (†) 48.9 (1.93) --- (†) --- (†)
1969 2,842 (36.6) 1,352 (27.3) 1,490 (24.2) 53.3 (1.36) --- (†) --- (†) 60.1 (1.93) --- (†) --- (†) 47.2 (1.88) --- (†) --- (†)
                                                 
1970 2,758 (38.1) 1,343 (26.6) 1,415 (27.3) 51.7 (1.38) --- (†) --- (†) 55.2 (1.97) --- (†) --- (†) 48.5 (1.93) --- (†) --- (†)
1971 2,875 (38.7) 1,371 (27.1) 1,504 (27.6) 53.5 (1.35) --- (†) --- (†) 57.6 (1.94) --- (†) --- (†) 49.8 (1.87) --- (†) --- (†)
1972 2,964 (38.5) 1,423 (27.5) 1,542 (26.9) 49.2 (1.33) --- (†) --- (†) 52.7 (1.92) --- (†) --- (†) 46.0 (1.84) --- (†) --- (†)
1973 3,058 (37.7) 1,460 (28.0) 1,599 (25.0) 46.6 (1.31) 14.9 (0.94) 31.6 (1.22) 50.0 (1.90) 14.6 (1.34) 35.4 (1.82) 43.4 (1.80) 15.2 (1.30) 28.2 (1.63)
1974 3,101 (39.3) 1,491 (28.2) 1,611 (27.3) 47.6 (1.30) 15.2 (0.94) 32.4 (1.22) 49.4 (1.88) 16.6 (1.40) 32.8 (1.77) 45.9 (1.80) 13.9 (1.25) 32.0 (1.69)
                                                 
1975 3,185 (39.3) 1,513 (27.8) 1,672 (27.7) 50.7 (1.29) 18.2 (0.99) 32.6 (1.21) 52.6 (1.86) 19.0 (1.47) 33.6 (1.76) 49.0 (1.78) 17.4 (1.35) 31.6 (1.65)
1976 2,986 (40.5) 1,451 (29.4) 1,535 (27.8) 48.8 (1.33) 15.6 (0.96) 33.3 (1.25) 47.2 (1.90) 14.5 (1.34) 32.7 (1.79) 50.3 (1.85) 16.6 (1.38) 33.8 (1.75)
1977 3,141 (41.0) 1,483 (29.8) 1,659 (27.9) 50.6 (1.30) 17.5 (0.98) 33.1 (1.22) 52.1 (1.88) 17.2 (1.42) 35.0 (1.80) 49.3 (1.78) 17.8 (1.36) 31.5 (1.66)
1978 3,163 (40.0) 1,485 (29.4) 1,677 (26.8) 50.1 (1.29) 17.0 (0.97) 33.1 (1.22) 51.1 (1.88) 15.6 (1.37) 35.5 (1.80) 49.3 (1.77) 18.3 (1.37) 31.0 (1.64)
1979 3,160 (40.3) 1,475 (29.4) 1,685 (27.4) 49.3 (1.29) 17.5 (0.98) 31.8 (1.20) 50.4 (1.89) 16.9 (1.42) 33.5 (1.79) 48.4 (1.77) 18.1 (1.36) 30.3 (1.63)
                                                 
1980 3,088 (39.6) 1,498 (28.5) 1,589 (27.5) 49.3 (1.31) 19.4 (1.03) 29.9 (1.20) 46.7 (1.87) 17.1 (1.41) 29.7 (1.71) 51.8 (1.82) 21.6 (1.50) 30.2 (1.67)
1981 3,056 (42.4) 1,491 (30.6) 1,565 (29.3) 53.9 (1.31) 20.5 (1.06) 33.5 (1.24) 54.8 (1.87) 20.9 (1.53) 33.9 (1.78) 53.1 (1.83) 20.1 (1.47) 33.0 (1.73)
1982 3,100 (41.0) 1,509 (29.4) 1,592 (28.6) 50.6 (1.38) 19.1 (1.09) 31.5 (1.28) 49.1 (1.98) 17.5 (1.50) 31.6 (1.84) 52.0 (1.93) 20.6 (1.56) 31.4 (1.79)
1983 2,963 (42.2) 1,389 (30.8) 1,573 (28.6) 52.7 (1.41) 19.2 (1.11) 33.5 (1.33) 51.9 (2.06) 20.2 (1.66) 31.7 (1.92) 53.4 (1.93) 18.4 (1.50) 35.1 (1.85)
1984 3,012 (37.0) 1,429 (29.1) 1,584 (22.2) 55.2 (1.39) 19.4 (1.11) 35.8 (1.34) 56.0 (2.02) 17.7 (1.55) 38.4 (1.98) 54.5 (1.92) 21.0 (1.57) 33.5 (1.82)
                                                 
1985 2,668 (40.7) 1,287 (29.1) 1,381 (28.3) 57.7 (1.47) 19.6 (1.18) 38.1 (1.45) 58.6 (2.11) 19.9 (1.71) 38.8 (2.09) 56.8 (2.05) 19.3 (1.63) 37.5 (2.00)
1986 2,786 (39.2) 1,332 (28.9) 1,454 (26.4) 53.8 (1.45) 19.2 (1.15) 34.5 (1.39) 55.8 (2.09) 21.3 (1.73) 34.5 (2.00) 51.9 (2.02) 17.3 (1.53) 34.6 (1.92)
1987 2,647 (41.5) 1,278 (30.2) 1,369 (28.4) 56.8 (1.48) 18.9 (1.17) 37.9 (1.45) 58.3 (2.12) 17.3 (1.63) 41.0 (2.12) 55.3 (2.07) 20.3 (1.67) 35.0 (1.98)
1988 2,673 (47.7) 1,334 (34.6) 1,339 (32.8) 58.9 (1.60) 21.9 (1.34) 37.1 (1.57) 57.1 (2.27) 21.3 (1.88) 35.8 (2.20) 60.7 (2.24) 22.4 (1.91) 38.3 (2.23)
1989 2,450 (44.8) 1,204 (31.7) 1,246 (31.7) 59.6 (1.58) 20.7 (1.30) 38.9 (1.57) 57.6 (2.27) 18.3 (1.77) 39.3 (2.24) 61.6 (2.19) 23.1 (1.90) 38.5 (2.20)
                                                 
1990 2,362 (43.0) 1,173 (30.6) 1,189 (30.2) 60.1 (1.60) 20.1 (1.31) 40.0 (1.61) 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 (41.1) 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 (40.5) 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 (41.1) 1,244 (30.1) 1,273 (27.9) 61.9 (1.54) 21.0 (1.29) 40.9 (1.56) 60.6 (2.21) 23.0 (1.90) 37.5 (2.19) 63.2 (2.15) 19.1 (1.75) 44.1 (2.22)
                                                 
1995 2,599 (41.0) 1,238 (30.0) 1,361 (27.7) 61.9 (1.41) 21.5 (1.19) 40.4 (1.43) 62.6 (2.04) 25.3 (1.83) 37.4 (2.04) 61.3 (1.96) 18.1 (1.55) 43.2 (1.99)
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 (1.91) 24.6 (1.79) 45.1 (2.07)
1997 2,769 (41.8) 1,354 (31.0) 1,415 (27.9) 67.0 (1.37) 22.8 (1.23) 44.3 (1.45) 63.6 (2.01) 21.4 (1.71) 42.2 (2.06) 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 (1.73) 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 (1.16) 41.9 (1.41) 61.4 (1.95) 21.0 (1.63) 40.5 (1.97) 64.4 (1.95) 21.1 (1.66) 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 (44.1) 1,277 (32.0) 1,273 (30.3) 61.8 (1.41) 19.6 (1.15) 42.1 (1.43) 60.1 (2.00) 18.6 (1.59) 41.4 (2.01) 63.5 (1.97) 20.6 (1.66) 42.8 (2.02)
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)
                                                 
2010 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)
2011 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)
2012 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)
2013 2,977 (84.4) 1,524 (62.9) 1,453 (57.0) 65.9 (1.58) 23.8 (1.44) 42.1 (1.76) 63.5 (2.20) 24.5 (2.14) 39.0 (2.48) 68.4 (2.17) 23.0 (2.15) 45.3 (2.21)
2014 2,868 (78.5) 1,423 (58.1) 1,445 (57.5) 68.4 (1.67) 24.6 (1.56) 43.7 (1.81) 64.0 (2.32) 21.2 (2.07) 42.8 (2.69) 72.6 (2.50) 28.0 (2.35) 44.6 (2.57)
                                                 
2015 2,965 (87.5) 1,448 (64.6) 1,516 (56.6) 69.2 (1.54) 25.2 (1.48) 44.0 (1.61) 65.8 (2.27) 24.3 (2.00) 41.5 (2.27) 72.5 (2.18) 26.2 (2.08) 46.4 (2.42)
2016 3,137 (102.3) 1,517 (70.6) 1,620 (66.7) 69.8 (1.64) 23.7 (1.56) 46.0 (1.85) 67.5 (2.12) 25.3 (2.26) 42.2 (2.47) 71.9 (2.40) 22.3 (1.99) 49.6 (2.46)
2017 2,870 (95.9) 1,345 (60.2) 1,525 (71.3) 66.7 (1.68) 22.6 (1.50) 44.2 (1.83) 61.1 (2.57) 23.9 (2.36) 37.2 (2.32) 71.7 (2.29) 21.4 (2.09) 50.3 (2.70)
---Not available.
†Not applicable.
1 Individuals ages 16 to 24 who graduated from high school or completed a GED or other high school equivalency credential.
2 Enrollment in college as of October of each year for individuals ages 16 to 24 who had completed high school earlier in the calendar year.
NOTE: Data are based on sample surveys of the civilian noninstitutionalized population. High school completion data in this table differ from figures appearing in other tables because of varying survey procedures and coverage. Prior to 2010, standard errors were computed using generalized variance function methodology rather than the more precise replicate weight methodology used in later years. 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 2017. (This table was prepared July 2018.)

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