Majority of 2017 High School Grads Enrolled in College

In October 2017, 66.7 percent of 2017 high school graduates age 16 to 24 were enrolled in colleges or universities, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Among persons age 20 to 29 who received a bachelor’s degree in 2017, 77.6 percent were employed.

Among recent high school graduates age 16 to 24, women remained more likely to be enrolled in college (71.7 percent) than men (61.1 percent).

Among 16- to 24-year-olds, 41.8 percent of recent high school dropouts were working or looking for work, lower than the labor force participation rate of 67.4 percent for recent high school graduates not enrolled in college.

About 16.3 million people age 16 to 24 were not enrolled in school–42.7 percent of the total.

 

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