College Participation Rates:
Percent of 18 to 24 Year Olds Enrolled in College

For the Year

Percent of 18 to 24 Year Olds Enrolled in College

Why is this measure important?

This measures participation rates of college-age residents in a state. While some states can benefit on this measure if there are relatively large numbers of out-of-state students enrolled in their institutions, it still is a good measure of the overall participation rates of college-age residents within a state.

What policy issues are associated with it?

States that do particularly well on this measure serve more of their young adults in postsecondary education. They also tend to do a better job preparing kids in high school for participation and success in college.