Percent Public High School Graduates (2011-2012) who Earned a College Degree by Age 25
The map shows the percent of public high school graduates from each school system who earned a college degree (certificate, associate's, bachelor's, or higher) by age 25.
A high school graduate is considered enrolled in college if the graduate meets the definition of Complete College Enrollment. Complete college enrollment is defined as a high school graduate who enrolls in college either full-time or part-time as degree-seeking or non-degree seeking at any point after high school graduation. College enrollment is reported for Complete enrollees once three years have lapsed since high school graduation. The totals reported for the Complete enrollment are impacted by the number of years that have passed since high school graduation. The totals reported for college enrollment should not be interpreted as declines in college enrollment as not all cohorts have been out of high school for the same number of years.
College enrollment and graduation from Maryland's community colleges, four-year public institutions and state-aided independent institutions is evaluated using data from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. College enrollment and graduation from out-of-state colleges and in-state private colleges is evaluated using data from National Student Clearinghouse. National Student Clearinghouse reports college graduation for the five year period after high school graduation, which is approximately age 23. It is possible additional students graduate from out-of-state colleges or in-state private career colleges after five years. Those records are not available to include in this analysis.
College degree is defined as a postsecondary Certificate, or an Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's degree or higher. Some students may have earned more than one degree by age 25. Other students who earned a degree by age 25 may still be enrolled in college pursuing an additional postsecondary degree.
Students reported as "No College Degree by Age 25" may be actively pursuing a college degree at age 25 or earn a college degree after age 25.