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Facts About High School Graduates


What percentage of high school graduates enroll in college? How does Minnesota compare nationally in terms of college participation?

In fall 2012, approximately 69 percent of Minnesota high school graduates enrolled in a postsecondary institution the fall following graduation. Seventy percent of college-going Minnesota high school graduates attended a Minnesota postsecondary institution, while 30 percent attended postsecondary institutions outside Minnesota.

More information on participation rates of high school graduates.

What do the most current high school graduate projections show?

After peaking in 2010, Minnesota high school graduates are projected to show a steady decline until 2017. From 2017 to 2023, the number will increase slightly. The new high school graduate projections were developed by the Minnesota State Demographic Center for the Office of Higher Education.

Students of color will comprise about 23 percent of Minnesota high school graduates, up from 13 percent in 2005.

More information on Minnesota high school graduate projections.

What is the ACT score of Minnesota high school students?

In 2013, approximately 74 percent of Minnesota's high school seniors took the ACT test. Minnesota's average score of 23 was first nationally among the 28 states in which more than half the college-bound students took the test.

Approximately 7 percent of seniors take the SAT.

More information on high school student college prep activities.

What types of colleges do high school graduates attend?

Approximately 30 percent of college-going Minnesota high school graduates attended a college out-of-state. Of those who chose to study in Minnesota, nearly 59 percent attended a four-year college.

  • 38 percent attend a community or technical college
  • 20 percent attend a state university
  • 19 percent attend the University of Minnesota
  • 20 percent attend a private college
  • 3 percent attend a private career school

More information on college-going activity by high school graduates.