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ED6 College enrollment: Percentage of high school completers who were enrolled in college the October immediately after completing high school by gender and race and Hispanic origin, 1980–2011

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Characteristic 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Total 49.3 53.9 50.6 52.7 55.2 57.7 53.8 56.8 58.9 59.6 60.1 62.5 61.9 62.6 61.9 61.9 65.0 67.0 65.6 62.9 63.3 61.8 65.2 63.9 66.7 68.6 66.0 67.2 68.6 70.1 68.1 68.2
Gender
Male 46.7 54.8 49.1 51.9 56.0 58.6 55.8 58.3 57.1 57.6 58.0 57.9 60.0 59.9 60.6 62.6 60.1 63.6 62.4 61.4 59.9 60.1 62.1 61.2 61.4 66.5 65.8 66.1 65.9 66.0 62.8 64.7
Female 51.8 53.1 52.0 53.4 54.5 56.8 51.9 55.3 60.7 61.6 62.2 67.1 63.8 65.2 63.2 61.3 69.7 70.3 69.1 64.4 66.2 63.5 68.4 66.5 71.5 70.4 66.1 68.3 71.6 73.8 74.0 72.2
Race and Hispanic origina
White, non-Hispanic 49.8 54.9 52.7 55.0 59.0 60.1 56.8 58.6 61.1 60.7 63.0 65.4 64.3 62.9 64.5 64.3 67.4 68.2 68.5 66.3 65.7 64.3 69.1 66.2 68.8 73.2 68.5 69.5 71.7 71.3 70.5 68.3
Black, non-Hispanicb
Total 42.7 42.7 35.8 38.2 39.8 42.2 36.9 52.2 44.4 53.4 46.8 46.4 48.2 55.6 50.8 51.2 56.0 58.5 61.9 58.9 54.9 55.0 59.4 57.5 62.5 55.7 55.5 55.7 55.7 69.5 62.0 67.1
3-year moving averagec 44.0 40.3 38.8 38.0 39.9 39.5 43.5 44.2 49.7 48.0 48.9 47.2 50.0 51.3 52.4 52.9 55.4 58.8 59.8 58.6 56.4 56.4 57.3 59.9 58.8 58.2 55.6 55.7 60.3 62.4 66.1 64.6
Hispanicb
Total 52.3 52.1 43.2 54.2 44.3 51.0 44.0 33.5 57.1 55.1 42.7 57.2 55.0 62.2 49.1 53.7 50.8 65.6 47.4 42.3 52.9 51.7 53.6 58.6 61.8 54.0 57.9 64.0 63.9 59.3 59.7 66.6
3-year moving averagec 49.6 48.7 49.4 46.7 49.3 46.1 42.3 45.0 48.5 52.7 52.5 52.6 58.2 55.7 55.0 51.6 57.6 55.3 51.9 47.4 48.6 52.8 54.8 57.7 57.7 57.5 58.5 62.0 62.3 60.9 62.3 63.5
a For data before 2003, the 1977 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards for data on race and ethnicity were used to classify persons into one of the following four racial groups: White, Black, American Indian or Alaskan Native, or Asian or Pacific Islander. The revised 1997 OMB standards were used for data for 2003 and later years. Persons could select one or more of five racial groups: White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Included in the total but not shown separately are American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and "Two or more races." Beginning in 2003, those in a given racial category represent those reporting only that race. Data from 2003 onward are not directly comparable with data from earlier years. Data on race and Hispanic origin are collected separately. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
b Due to the small sample sizes, data for Blacks and Hispanics are subject to relatively large sampling errors.
c Moving averages are used to produce more stable estimates. A 3-year moving average is the average of the estimates for the year prior to the reported year, the reported year, and the following year. For 2011, a 2-year moving average is used, reflecting an average of the 2010 and 2011 estimates.
NOTE: Enrollment in college, as of October of each year, is for individuals ages 16–24 who completed high school during the preceding 12 months. High school completion includes General Educational Development (GED) certificate recipients. Data have been revised since previous publication in America’s Children.
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, School Enrollment Supplement.