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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?

Each fall approximately 70 percent of Minnesota high school graduates enroll in a postsecondary institution the fall following graduation.
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After peaking in 2010, Minnesota high school graduates are projected to show a steady decline until 2017 and increase slightly by 2023. Students of color will increase compared to White high school graduates.
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What is the ACT score of Minnesota high school students?

Approximately 78 percent of Minnesota's high school seniors take the ACT test. Minnesota's average score is high among the 30 states in which more than half the college-bound students take the test. Approximately 5 percent of seniors take the SAT.
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What types of colleges do high school graduates attend?

Approximately 28 percent of college-going Minnesota high school graduates attended a college out-of-state. The border states of Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin are where the majority of Minnesotans enroll. Of those choosing to study in Minnesota more than half attend a four-year college.
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