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As a college degree is increasingly seen as an essential step in a student’s path to a successful future, this new report from the UChicago Consortium and the To&Through Project provides a descriptive examination of two- and four-year college enrollment patterns among Chicago Public Schools (CPS) graduates over the last 10 years. The study finds CPS graduates' immediate college enrollment rates increased over the last decade, with 63 percent of 2015 graduates enrolling in either a two- or four-year college immediately after high school, compared to 50 percent of graduates in 2006. However, many students delay enrollment. Nineteen percent of 2009 CPS high school graduates delayed enrollment, with 40 percent of those who delayed eventually enrolling in two-year colleges and 12 percent of delayed enrollees eventually enrolling in a four-year college. Further, immediate enrollment only tells part of the story. The study finds that 26 percent of CPS graduates who first enrolled in a four-year college transferred to a two-year college within four years of high school graduation, suggesting a need to better understand the factors driving this trend.  Sixteen percent of immediate two-year college enrollees transferred to a four-year college within four years.

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College Enrollment Patterns Report

The report "Patterns of Two-Year and Four-Year College Enrollment Among Chicago Public Schools Graduates" takes a closer look at an essential milestone to a post-secondary credential—college enrollment—and provides a descriptive examination of the patterns among Chicago Public Schools (CPS) graduates over the last decade for both two-year colleges and four-year colleges, including a focus on 2015 graduates.

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College Enrollment Patterns Snapshot

This snapshot provides a high-level overview of key findings and implications from the report "Patterns of Two-Year and Four-Year College Enrollment Among Chicago Public Schools Graduates." The snapshot includes a brief overview of immediate and delayed college enrollment, rates of college enrollment, and overall enrollment patterns within 6 years of CPS students’ graduation from high school.