High school graduates attending college or university, by type of institution in Massachusetts

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Why This Indicator Matters

The majority of our state’s public high school students who go on to college attend a public college or university in Massachusetts. Students attending public campuses are significantly more likely than those attending private ones to live and work in Massachusetts after graduation, contributing to our communities and our economy over the long-term. See Educated and Encumbered: Student Debt Rising with Higher Education Funding Falling in Massachusetts,

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Definitions: Massachusetts public high school graduates attending institutions of higher education within 16 months of graduating high school.

The percentages showing the distribution of graduates by type of institution (public or private, type of public institution) all refer to the percent of graduates who have enrolled in college or university.

Data Source: From the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Massachusetts School and District Profiles: Graduates Attending Institutions of Higher Education.




The Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education collects information on enrollment in institutions of higher education from the National Student Clearinghouse, which receives data from more than 3,600 colleges, enrolling 98 percent of U.S. college students. Other student data are from the Student Information Management System (SIMS) database.

Updated September 2018 with data from school year 2014-2015 graduates.