For release: 10:00 A.M. (EDT)
Friday, April 25, 2008
COLLEGE ENROLLMENT AND WORK ACTIVITY OF
2007 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
In October 2007, 67.2 percent of high school graduates from the class of 2007 were enrolled in colleges
or universities, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of
Information on school enrollment and work activity is collected monthly in the Current Population Survey
(CPS). Each October, a supplement to the basic CPS gathers more detailed information on employment, un-
employment, earnings, demographics, and other characteristics of the civilian noninstitutional population age 16
and over. Additional information about the October supplement is included in the Technical Note.
Recent High School Graduates and Dropouts
Of the nearly 3.0 million youth who graduated from high school between October 2006 and October
2007, about 2.0 million (67.2 percent) were attending college in October 2007. The college enrollment
rates were 68.3 percent for young women and 66.1 percent for young men. (See table 1.)
Among recent high school graduates enrolled in college in October 2007, 93.2 percent were enrolled as
full-time students. The labor force participation rate (the proportion of the population with a job or looking
for work) was 37.3 percent for full-time students and 72.7 percent for part-time students.
About 64.1 percent of recent high school graduates enrolled in college were attending 4-year institutions.
Of these students, 31.4 percent participated in the labor force; in contrast, 54.7 percent of students enrolled
in 2-year institutions were in the labor force.
Recent high school graduates not enrolled in college in the fall of 2007 were more likely to be in the labor
force than enrolled graduates (76.6 percent versus 39.7 percent). The unemployment rate for those not en-
rolled in college was 19.9 percent, compared with 9.8 percent