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66.2 percent of 2019 high school graduates enrolled in college in October 2019

May 22, 2020

Of the 3.2 million people ages 16 to 24 who graduated from high school between January and October 2019, 2.1 million, or 66.2 percent, were enrolled in colleges or universities in October 2019. The college enrollment rate of recent high school graduates in October 2019 was down slightly from the rate in October 2018.

College enrollment rates of recent high school graduates 16 to 24 years old by sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, October 1993–2019
Year Total Men Women White Black or
African American
Asian Hispanic or
Latino

1993

62.6% 59.7% 65.4% 62.8% 55.6% 62.5%

1994

61.9 60.6 63.2 63.6 50.9 48.9

1995

61.9 62.6 61.4 62.6 51.4 53.8

1996

65.0 60.1 69.7 65.8 55.3 50.7

1997

67.0 63.5 70.3 67.5 59.6 65.5

1998

65.6 62.4 69.1 65.8 62.1 47.5

1999

62.9 61.4 64.4 62.8 59.2 42.2

2000

63.3 59.9 66.2 64.0 56.2 53.0

2001

61.6 59.7 63.5 63.1 54.7 51.2

2002

65.2 62.1 68.4 66.7 58.7 53.5

2003

63.9 61.2 66.5 65.0 58.3 84.1 58.6

2004

66.7 61.4 71.6 68.4 61.1 76.0 61.9

2005

68.6 66.5 70.4 69.4 56.8 87.5 54.1

2006

66.0 65.9 66.1 66.8 55.6 82.4 58.1

2007

67.2 66.1 68.3 68.7 55.2 90.9 63.9

2008

68.6 65.9 71.5 70.8 54.9 87.5 63.8

2009

70.1 66.0 73.8 69.2 68.7 92.2 59.3

2010

68.1 62.8 74.0 68.6 61.4 84.0 59.6

2011

68.3 64.6 72.3 67.7 67.5 86.7 66.6

2012

66.2 61.3 71.3 66.6 58.2 82.2 70.3

2013

65.9 63.5 68.4 67.1 59.3 79.1 59.9

2014

68.4 64.0 72.7 67.3 70.9 86.1 65.2

2015

69.2 65.8 72.6 71.1 54.6 83.0 68.9

2016

69.7 67.4 71.9 69.7 58.2 92.4 72.0

2017

66.7 61.1 71.7 67.1 59.4 83.0 61.0

2018

69.1 66.9 71.3 69.6 63.6 73.4 65.5

2019

66.2 62.0 69.8 66.9 50.7 89.9 63.4

Note: Dash means data are not available.

For 2019 high school graduates, the college enrollment rate was 69.8 percent for young women and 62.0 percent for young men. The college enrollment rate of recent Asian graduates (89.9 percent) was higher than for White (66.9 percent), Hispanic (63.4 percent), and Black (50.7 percent) graduates.

Among recent high school graduates enrolled in college in October 2019, about 9 in 10 were full-time students. Recent graduates enrolled as full-time students were less than half as likely to be in the labor force (34.0 percent) as were their peers enrolled part time (78.8 percent).

Labor force participation rates of 2019 high school graduates 16 to 24 years old by their college enrollment status, October 2019
Enrollment status Labor force participation rate

Total enrolled in college

37.8%

Enrolled in 2-year college

47.4

Enrolled in 4-year college

33.1

Full-time students

34.0

Part-time students

78.8

Not enrolled in college

72.2

About 2 in 3 recent high school graduates enrolled in college attended 4-year colleges. Of these students, 33.1 percent participated in the labor force in October 2019, lower than the 47.4 percent for recent graduates enrolled in 2-year colleges.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see “College Enrollment and Work Activity of Recent High School and College Graduates — 2019.” People whose ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 66.2 percent of 2019 high school graduates enrolled in college in October 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/66-point-2-percent-of-2019-high-school-graduates-enrolled-in-college-in-october-2019.htm (visited August 11, 2020).

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