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Michigan high schools ranked by Class of 2019 college enrollment: See percent in your high school

Written by Mamie M. Arndt

About 60% of Michigan students who graduated public high school in 2019 were enrolled in college in 2019-20, according to data from the state’s Center for Educational Performance and Information. About 38.3% of the Class of 2019 enrolled at a four-year college or university, and 21.5% enrolled at a community college. Below is an online […]

About 60% of Michigan students who graduated public high school in 2019 were enrolled in college in 2019-20, according to data from the state’s Center for Educational Performance and Information.

About 38.3% of the Class of 2019 enrolled at a four-year college or university, and 21.5% enrolled at a community college.

Below is an online database that allows readers to see the numbers for any Michigan public high school, including charters, with at least 10 graduates in the Class of 2019. (The state does not collect data for private-school students, and does not list precise numbers when the numbers are smaller than 10.)

You can search by county or school district or type in the name of the high school.

A caveat about the numbers: CEPI collected the data using the National Student Clearinghouse, which involves a matching each student’s first name, middle name, last name, suffix, and date of birth. If a student’s name or birth date in the NSC database doesn’t exactly match the state’s graduation record, a match may not be made. Another limitation is that most, but not all, colleges and universities provide data to NSC. Both situations can result in underreporting college enrollment.

Below is a map that shows total college enrollment by school district for the Class of 2019. You can put your cursor over a district to see the underlying data. Note that school district data includes alternative education schools, and districts with large alternative ed programs tend to have lower college enrollment rates.

(Can’t see the map? Click here.)

Among the highlights of the statewide data:

  • Three Michigan public high schools with at least 10 graduates in the Class of 2019 had at least 95% of the students enroll in the college: International Academy of Macomb, Southfield University High School, and Saginaw Arts and and Sciences Academy. All three are magnet programs.
  • The district with the highest percentage of students in college was tiny Wakefield-Marenisco School District in the western Upper Peninsula. Of the 17 students the district’s Class of 2019, 16 — or 94%– went to college, including 12 students who enrolled in community college and four who went to a four-year school. Other districts in the 10 top and the percentage of graduates in college: Northville (88%); East Grand Rapids (88%), Rochester (86%), Bloomfield Hills (85%), Forest Hills (85%). Freeland (85%), East Lansing (85%), Grosse Ile (85%) and Birmingham (84%).
  • By gender, 66% of women in the Class of 2019 enrolled in college in fall 2019 compared to 54% of men.
  • By race/ethnicity, 82% of Asian students were in college in fall 2019 compared to 63% of white students, 48% of Hispanic students and 47% of Black students.
  • By economic status, 45% of Class of 2019 members who qualified for subsidized lunch enrolled in college compared to 69% of middle-class and affluent students.
  • College enrollment by race and gender: Asian women, 84%; Asian men, 81%; white women, 69%; white men, 57%: Hispanic women, 53%; Black women, 53%; Hispanic men, 42% and Black men, 41%.

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Mamie M. Arndt