March 29, 2005
Of the 2.8 million youth who graduated from high school in 2004, 1.8 million (66.7 percent) were attending college in October 2004.
The enrollment rate of young women, 71.6 percent, continued to exceed that of young men, 61.4 percent.
Asian high school graduates (76.0 percent) were more likely than white graduates (68.4 percent) to be enrolled in college. Black and Hispanic or Latino graduates were about equally likely to be college students in the fall—61.1 and 61.9 percent, respectively.
This information is from a supplement to the October 2004 Current Population Survey. Additional information is available from "College Enrollment and Work Activity of 2004 High School Graduates" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 05-487.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, College enrollment of 2004 high school grads on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/mar/wk4/art02.htm (visited April 30, 2016).
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