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A first-of-its-kind report released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Higher Education shows two-thirds of the state’s high school graduates had enrolled in college a year later, with 45 percent staying in Colorado and 22 percent leaving the state.

The data is unusual in that officials were able to track students leaving Colorado. That also allowed them to nail down the number of high school graduates who weren’t in college a year later at 33 percent.

It’s a one-year snapshot for the Class of 2009 that reveals broad gaps in college attainment and achievement by ethnicity, by gender and by school district. For example, only two metro-area districts – Boulder and Littleton – saw more than 80 percent of their graduates in college anywhere a year later. Adams 14-Commerce City’s college-going rate was 29 percent. Denver’s was 55 percent.

Click in the search box below to find your district’s figures and go here to see more details by ethnicity, by gender and by school district. Read EdNews’ related story on the report.


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Overall findings for the Colorado Class of 2009

  • Of the 50,174 high school graduates in spring 2009, 33,484 – or 67% – enrolled in a college or university during the 2009-10 school year.
  • Most of those – or 22,657 graduates – enrolled in a Colorado public college or university while 10,827 enrolled in either a non-public college in Colorado or an out-of-state institution.
  • More female graduates enrolled in a college or university than did male graduates – 70% of females vs. 65% of males.
  • The average cumulative GPA for the 2009 graduates enrolled in a Colorado college or university in 2009-10 was 2.65.
  • Of the Class of 2009 enrolling in a Colorado college or university, 75% had completed more than 15 credit hours of coursework by the end of spring 2010.

Findings on ethnicity

  • Asians and white students had the highest college-going rates at 78% and 72% respectively, followed by African-Americans at 66%, Hispanics at 49% and Native Americans at 48%.
  • African-American students were the most likely to attend college out-of-state, with 26% doing so, followed by white students with an out-of-state rate of 24%.
  • Asian graduates were more than three times as likely to enroll at four-year institutions than at two-year institutions. Similarly, more than twice as many white graduates enrolled at four-year institutions than two-year institutions. But the gap for African-American, Hispanic and Native American graduates is much smaller.
  • Of those enrolling in a Colorado college or university, Asian students had the highest average GPA at 2.72, followed by white students at 2.70, Native American students at 2.58, Hispanic students at 2.49 and African-American students at 2.29.
  • Asian students had the highest average number of credit hours completed by the end of their first year of college, with 29 credits, followed by whites at 28 credits, Hispanics at 22 credits and Native American and African-American students at 20 credits.
  • African-American and Hispanic students were nearly twice as likely to have significant financial need, as evidenced by their receipt of a Pell grant, compared to white students.

Findings on gender

  • More female than male graduates attended institutions out of state or at a non-public Colorado institution.
  • Of those graduates enrolling in a Colorado college or university, female students had a higher average GPA, at 2.77, than did male students, at 2.52.
  • Female graduates enrolling in a Colorado college or university had accumulated a higher average number of credits, at 28, than had male students, at 26, by the end of the first year of college.

Colorado’s 20 largest districts ranked by college-going rate

  • Littleton – 81%
  • Academy 20 – 80%
  • Boulder – 80%
  • Douglas County – 77%
  • Fort Collins – 76%
  • Jeffco – 76%
  • Cherry Creek – 75%
  • Falcon – 71%
  • St. Vrain – 70%
  • Thompson/Loveland – 65%
  • Pueblo City – 63%
  • Greeley – 63%
  • Adams 12-Five Star – 62%
  • Colorado Springs – 58%
  • Mesa/Grand Junction – 57%
  • Denver – 55%
  • Brighton – 54%
  • Harrison – 51%
  • Aurora – 46%
  • Charter School Institute – no data


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Monserrat Cholico, 8, en la Crawford Kids Clinic en Aurora en 2015 (Denver Post).

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Choosing college

State’s college attendance rate shows slight turnaround

PHOTO: Oliver Morrison

The percentage of Colorado high school students enrolling in college right after graduation increased slightly in 2014, according to a new report from the Department of Higher Education.

Of 2014’s 53,771 graduates, 55.8 percent went on to college immediately, up from the 2013 rate but three percentage points below the record in 2009, according to the Report on the Postsecondary Progress and Success of High School Graduates (full copy at bottom of this article).

In the recession year of 2009, when the state started compiling the report, 58.8 percent of high school grads went to college.

“The most recent, 2014, is the first cohort whose enrollment rate increased from the previous year,” the report noted. “Previously, all graduating classes included in this report had a lower enrollment rate than their previous year.”

The report “is good news because so many of the jobs in our technology and information based economy require post-secondary credentials,” said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who’s also executive director of the department. “However, the report also reveals that we have continuing and significant gaps in post-secondary outcomes and that students from certain demographic groups are doing much better than others. If we are to meet our education and workforce goals, we must do a better job of supporting low income, rural, and minority students so that they graduate with a credential that will lead to a living wage job.”

Overall college enrollment tends to rise when the economy is weak and drop when times improve. Fall enrollment in 2014 was 251,778, down from the recent high of 284,405 in 2011.

The report details continuing disparities between demographic groups in college attendance and success. Postsecondary enrollment for Latino students is nearly 20 percentage points below white students, and, after their first year of college, African-American students on average earn nearly 10 fewer credits than white students, it said.

“As Colorado’s demographics continue to change and labor markets increasingly demand quality postsecondary credentials, ensuring the state’s future economic prosperity requires that these educational gaps be highlighted and strategically addressed,” the report said.

The report also breaks out college-going rates for individual districts. The district with the highest college attendance rate was Limon, with 84.4 percent of its 32 2014 graduates going on to higher education.

Larger districts in the top 10 included Cheyenne Mountain, Douglas County, Lewis-Palmer and Littleton.

The Plateau Valley district in eastern Mesa County had the lowest rate, 16 percent. Metro-area districts in the bottom 10 included Adams 14, Englewood, Sheridan and Westminster.

Some 76 percent of 2014 grads attended Colorado colleges, and 74 percent of those students attended four-year schools. The most popular schools were Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder. Front Range Community College attracted the largest number of students enrolling in two-year schools.

The annual study examines not only college-going rates but also grade point averages, credits earned, persistence and graduation rates going back to the class of 2009.

Members of the high school class of 2014 who attended Colorado colleges had an average grade point average of 2.78 during their freshman year. Those students completed an average of 30 credits by the end of 2014-15.

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