Post Secondary Enrollment
Percentage of graduating seniors enrolling in a 2 or 4 year college within 12-16 months
This report displays the percentage of students who graduated with a regular high school diploma from a public high school in Illinois and enrolled in a two-year or four-year college in the U.S. within 12 or 16 months. The percentage listed for 2016 relates to the class of 2014 at this school, allowing for a time span of up to 16 months to enroll in a postsecondary institution and time to collect the data. Similarly, the percentage listed for 2015 relates to the class of 2013.
The data sets used for this display are from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) for higher education enrollment and the ISBE Student Information System for high school graduation. The graph displays school, district, and state information for comparison.
The National Student Clearinghouse captures data from more than 95% of institutions nationwide and its data is commonly used across states. While there is room for a small amount of inaccuracy, National Clearing House is the best data source available for this important metric.
Young adults who earn college credit are more likely to be employed and stay employed. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2012 the employment rate for young adults was 87% for those with at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 75% for those who completed some college, and 64% for high school graduates.