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Postsecondary education outcomes

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College enrollment

Rhode Island sends about two-thirds of its high school graduates on to postsecondary institutions, an above-average percentage according to the most recent federal data.

Percentage of Rhode Island high school graduates enrolling in a postsecondary institution within 12 months of graduation
Estimated percentage of high school graduates (public and private) enrolling in college within 12 months of graduation
 Value
1. Mississippi
Mississippi
78.8Value
78.8
2. Connecticut
Connecticut
78.7Value
78.7
3. Massachusetts
Massachusetts
73.2Value
73.2
4. New Mexico
New Mexico
72.4Value
72.4
5. South Dakota
South Dakota
71.8Value
71.8
6. Minnesota
Minnesota
70.9Value
70.9
7. Nebraska
Nebraska
69.5Value
69.5
8. New York
New York
68.9Value
68.9
9. New Jersey
New Jersey
68.6Value
68.6
10. South Carolina
South Carolina
68.3Value
68.3
11. Georgia
Georgia
67.7Value
67.7
12. North Dakota
North Dakota
67.4Value
67.4
13. Iowa
Iowa
66.6Value
66.6
14. Indiana
Indiana
65.8Value
65.8
T-15. Rhode Island
Rhode Island
65.4Value
65.4
T-15. Arkansas
Arkansas
65.4Value
65.4
T-17. Kansas
Kansas
64.7Value
64.7
T-17. Louisiana
Louisiana
64.7Value
64.7
T-19. New Hampshire
New Hampshire
64.3Value
64.3
T-19. Alabama
Alabama
64.3Value
64.3
T-21. Maryland
Maryland
64.0Value
64.0
T-21. North Carolina
North Carolina
64.0Value
64.0
23. Virginia
Virginia
63.9Value
63.9
24. Hawaii
Hawaii
63.6Value
63.6
25. Florida
Florida
63.0Value
63.0
26. Kentucky
Kentucky
62.9Value
62.9
United States
United States
62.8Value
62.8
27. Tennessee
Tennessee
62.0Value
62.0
28. Michigan
Michigan
61.9Value
61.9
29. California
California
61.7Value
61.7
30. Ohio
Ohio
61.5Value
61.5
31. Missouri
Missouri
61.4Value
61.4
32. Colorado
Colorado
61.2Value
61.2
33. Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
60.9Value
60.9
34. Montana
Montana
60.5Value
60.5
35. Wyoming
Wyoming
60.4Value
60.4
36. Oklahoma
Oklahoma
60.2Value
60.2
37. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
60.1Value
60.1
38. West Virginia
West Virginia
59.2Value
59.2
39. Illinois
Illinois
58.7Value
58.7
40. Arizona
Arizona
57.9Value
57.9
T-41. Maine
Maine
56.2Value
56.2
T-41. Texas
Texas
56.2Value
56.2
43. Vermont
Vermont
53.5Value
53.5
44. Utah
Utah
53.3Value
53.3
45. Nevada
Nevada
51.8Value
51.8
46. District of Columbia
District of Columbia
50.7Value
50.7
47. Washington
Washington
48.3Value
48.3
48. Oregon
Oregon
47.8Value
47.8
49. Delaware
Delaware
47.3Value
47.3
50. Alaska
Alaska
46.4Value
46.4
51. Idaho
Idaho
45.1Value
45.1
 Value
1. Mississippi
Mississippi
78.8Value
78.8
2. Connecticut
Connecticut
78.7Value
78.7
3. Massachusetts
Massachusetts
73.2Value
73.2
4. New Mexico
New Mexico
72.4Value
72.4
5. South Dakota
South Dakota
71.8Value
71.8
6. Minnesota
Minnesota
70.9Value
70.9
7. Nebraska
Nebraska
69.5Value
69.5
8. New York
New York
68.9Value
68.9
9. New Jersey
New Jersey
68.6Value
68.6
10. South Carolina
South Carolina
68.3Value
68.3
11. Georgia
Georgia
67.7Value
67.7
12. North Dakota
North Dakota
67.4Value
67.4
13. Iowa
Iowa
66.6Value
66.6
14. Indiana
Indiana
65.8Value
65.8
T-15. Rhode Island
Rhode Island
65.4Value
65.4
T-15. Arkansas
Arkansas
65.4Value
65.4
T-17. Kansas
Kansas
64.7Value
64.7
T-17. Louisiana
Louisiana
64.7Value
64.7
 Value
T-19. New Hampshire
New Hampshire
64.3Value
64.3
T-19. Alabama
Alabama
64.3Value
64.3
T-21. Maryland
Maryland
64.0Value
64.0
T-21. North Carolina
North Carolina
64.0Value
64.0
23. Virginia
Virginia
63.9Value
63.9
24. Hawaii
Hawaii
63.6Value
63.6
25. Florida
Florida
63.0Value
63.0
26. Kentucky
Kentucky
62.9Value
62.9
United States
United States
62.8Value
62.8
27. Tennessee
Tennessee
62.0Value
62.0
28. Michigan
Michigan
61.9Value
61.9
29. California
California
61.7Value
61.7
30. Ohio
Ohio
61.5Value
61.5
31. Missouri
Missouri
61.4Value
61.4
32. Colorado
Colorado
61.2Value
61.2
33. Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
60.9Value
60.9
34. Montana
Montana
60.5Value
60.5
35. Wyoming
Wyoming
60.4Value
60.4
 Value
36. Oklahoma
Oklahoma
60.2Value
60.2
37. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
60.1Value
60.1
38. West Virginia
West Virginia
59.2Value
59.2
39. Illinois
Illinois
58.7Value
58.7
40. Arizona
Arizona
57.9Value
57.9
T-41. Maine
Maine
56.2Value
56.2
T-41. Texas
Texas
56.2Value
56.2
43. Vermont
Vermont
53.5Value
53.5
44. Utah
Utah
53.3Value
53.3
45. Nevada
Nevada
51.8Value
51.8
46. District of Columbia
District of Columbia
50.7Value
50.7
47. Washington
Washington
48.3Value
48.3
48. Oregon
Oregon
47.8Value
47.8
49. Delaware
Delaware
47.3Value
47.3
50. Alaska
Alaska
46.4Value
46.4
51. Idaho
Idaho
45.1Value
45.1
 Value
1. Mississippi
Mississippi
78.8Value
78.8
2. Connecticut
Connecticut
70.8Value
70.8
3. Massachusetts
Massachusetts
70.7Value
70.7
4. New York
New York
70.0Value
70.0
5. Minnesota
Minnesota
69.9Value
69.9
6. New Mexico
New Mexico
69.4Value
69.4
7. South Dakota
South Dakota
68.9Value
68.9
8. New Jersey
New Jersey
67.9Value
67.9
9. Arkansas
Arkansas
67.2Value
67.2
10. Rhode Island
Rhode Island
67.1Value
67.1
11. Georgia
Georgia
66.5Value
66.5
T-12. South Carolina
South Carolina
65.3Value
65.3
T-12. Kansas
Kansas
65.3Value
65.3
14. North Dakota
North Dakota
64.9Value
64.9
15. Delaware
Delaware
64.8Value
64.8
T-16. Hawaii
Hawaii
64.7Value
64.7
T-16. Louisiana
Louisiana
64.7Value
64.7
T-18. Virginia
Virginia
64.6Value
64.6
T-18. Nebraska
Nebraska
64.6Value
64.6
20. Indiana
Indiana
63.0Value
63.0
21. Kentucky
Kentucky
62.9Value
62.9
22. Florida
Florida
62.8Value
62.8
T-23. Missouri
Missouri
61.9Value
61.9
T-23. North Carolina
North Carolina
61.9Value
61.9
T-25. New Hampshire
New Hampshire
61.7Value
61.7
United States
United States
61.7Value
61.7
26. Michigan
Michigan
61.5Value
61.5
27. Maryland
Maryland
60.5Value
60.5
28. Tennessee
Tennessee
60.4Value
60.4
29. Illinois
Illinois
60.2Value
60.2
30. Ohio
Ohio
59.9Value
59.9
31. Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
59.4Value
59.4
32. Alabama
Alabama
59.3Value
59.3
33. Colorado
Colorado
59.2Value
59.2
34. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
58.6Value
58.6
35. California
California
58.5Value
58.5
36. Montana
Montana
58.3Value
58.3
T-37. Texas
Texas
57.7Value
57.7
T-37. Oklahoma
Oklahoma
57.7Value
57.7
39. Wyoming
Wyoming
56.6Value
56.6
40. Iowa
Iowa
56.5Value
56.5
41. West Virginia
West Virginia
55.7Value
55.7
42. Nevada
Nevada
54.1Value
54.1
43. Maine
Maine
53.9Value
53.9
44. Vermont
Vermont
53.2Value
53.2
45. Arizona
Arizona
53.1Value
53.1
46. Utah
Utah
50.8Value
50.8
47. Idaho
Idaho
48.2Value
48.2
48. Washington
Washington
48.0Value
48.0
49. Oregon
Oregon
46.9Value
46.9
50. Alaska
Alaska
45.6Value
45.6
51. District of Columbia
District of Columbia
43.4Value
43.4
 Value
1. Mississippi
Mississippi
78.8Value
78.8
2. Connecticut
Connecticut
70.8Value
70.8
3. Massachusetts
Massachusetts
70.7Value
70.7
4. New York
New York
70.0Value
70.0
5. Minnesota
Minnesota
69.9Value
69.9
6. New Mexico
New Mexico
69.4Value
69.4
7. South Dakota
South Dakota
68.9Value
68.9
8. New Jersey
New Jersey
67.9Value
67.9
9. Arkansas
Arkansas
67.2Value
67.2
10. Rhode Island
Rhode Island
67.1Value
67.1
11. Georgia
Georgia
66.5Value
66.5
T-12. South Carolina
South Carolina
65.3Value
65.3
T-12. Kansas
Kansas
65.3Value
65.3
14. North Dakota
North Dakota
64.9Value
64.9
15. Delaware
Delaware
64.8Value
64.8
T-16. Hawaii
Hawaii
64.7Value
64.7
T-16. Louisiana
Louisiana
64.7Value
64.7
T-18. Virginia
Virginia
64.6Value
64.6
 Value
T-18. Nebraska
Nebraska
64.6Value
64.6
20. Indiana
Indiana
63.0Value
63.0
21. Kentucky
Kentucky
62.9Value
62.9
22. Florida
Florida
62.8Value
62.8
T-23. Missouri
Missouri
61.9Value
61.9
T-23. North Carolina
North Carolina
61.9Value
61.9
T-25. New Hampshire
New Hampshire
61.7Value
61.7
United States
United States
61.7Value
61.7
26. Michigan
Michigan
61.5Value
61.5
27. Maryland
Maryland
60.5Value
60.5
28. Tennessee
Tennessee
60.4Value
60.4
29. Illinois
Illinois
60.2Value
60.2
30. Ohio
Ohio
59.9Value
59.9
31. Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
59.4Value
59.4
32. Alabama
Alabama
59.3Value
59.3
33. Colorado
Colorado
59.2Value
59.2
34. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
58.6Value
58.6
35. California
California
58.5Value
58.5
 Value
36. Montana
Montana
58.3Value
58.3
T-37. Texas
Texas
57.7Value
57.7
T-37. Oklahoma
Oklahoma
57.7Value
57.7
39. Wyoming
Wyoming
56.6Value
56.6
40. Iowa
Iowa
56.5Value
56.5
41. West Virginia
West Virginia
55.7Value
55.7
42. Nevada
Nevada
54.1Value
54.1
43. Maine
Maine
53.9Value
53.9
44. Vermont
Vermont
53.2Value
53.2
45. Arizona
Arizona
53.1Value
53.1
46. Utah
Utah
50.8Value
50.8
47. Idaho
Idaho
48.2Value
48.2
48. Washington
Washington
48.0Value
48.0
49. Oregon
Oregon
46.9Value
46.9
50. Alaska
Alaska
45.6Value
45.6
51. District of Columbia
District of Columbia
43.4Value
43.4

Note: These are U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) data and therefore the numbers may not be completely comparable with Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) numbers.

Source
  1. "Estimated rate of high school graduates attending degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by state," U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics (browse by year), last accessed June 10, 2016, https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/current_tables.asp.

College completion

Only a little more than half of students in Rhode Island’s four-year universities are graduating within six years. African American and Latino students are much less likely to graduate within six years than white students.

Percentage of Rhode Island college students graduating from 2-year public colleges within three years
All students
White
African American
Latino
Asian
Native American
Asian/Pacific Islander
Two or more races
All students
White
African American
Latino
Asian
Native American
Asian/Pacific Islander
Two or more races
All students
White
African American
Latino
Asian
Native American
Asian/Pacific Islander
Two or more races
All students
White
African American
Latino
Asian
Native American
Asian/Pacific Islander
Two or more races

Note: The three-year graduation rate for a cohort year is the percentage of students matriculating in the fall of that year who graduate by the spring of the year three years later. For example, the three-year graduation rate for members of cohort year 2011 is the percentage of those students graduating by the spring of 2014.

Note: The three-year graduation rate for a cohort year is the percentage of students matriculating in the fall of that year who graduate by the spring of the year three years later. For example, the three-year graduation rate for members of cohort year 2011 is the percentage of those students graduating by the spring of 2014.

Percentage of Rhode Island college students graduating from 4-year public universities within six years
All students
White
African American
Latino
Asian
Native American
Asian/Pacific Islander
All students
White
African American
Latino
Asian
Native American
Asian/Pacific Islander
All students
White
African American
Latino
Asian
Native American
Asian/Pacific Islander
All students
White
African American
Latino
Asian
Native American
Asian/Pacific Islander

Note: The six-year graduation rate for a cohort year is the percentage of students matriculating in the fall of that year who graduate by the spring of the year six years later. For example, the six-year graduation rate for members of cohort year 2008 is the percentage of those students graduating by the spring of 2014.

Note: The six-year graduation rate for a cohort year is the percentage of students matriculating in the fall of that year who graduate by the spring of the year six years later. For example, the six-year graduation rate for members of cohort year 2008 is the percentage of those students graduating by the spring of 2014.

Percentage of college students nationwide graduating from 4-year public universities within six years
 Value
1. Delaware
Delaware
73.2Value
73.2
2. Virginia
Virginia
70.4Value
70.4
3. Iowa
Iowa
68.4Value
68.4
4. New Jersey
New Jersey
68.3Value
68.3
5. New Hampshire
New Hampshire
67.8Value
67.8
6. California
California
65.9Value
65.9
7. Vermont
Vermont
64.2Value
64.2
8. Connecticut
Connecticut
63.5Value
63.5
T-9. Maryland
Maryland
63.0Value
63.0
T-9. North Carolina
North Carolina
63.0Value
63.0
11. Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
62.8Value
62.8
12. Illinois
Illinois
62.3Value
62.3
13. South Carolina
South Carolina
61.3Value
61.3
14. Massachusetts
Massachusetts
59.5Value
59.5
15. Washington
Washington
59.3Value
59.3
16. Minnesota
Minnesota
59.2Value
59.2
17. Arizona
Arizona
59.0Value
59.0
18. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
58.6Value
58.6
T-19. Michigan
Michigan
58.2Value
58.2
T-19. Oregon
Oregon
58.2Value
58.2
21. Nebraska
Nebraska
57.0Value
57.0
22. Missouri
Missouri
55.9Value
55.9
United States
United States
55.6Value
55.6
T-23. Colorado
Colorado
54.4Value
54.4
T-23. Rhode Island
Rhode Island
54.4Value
54.4
25. Indiana
Indiana
54.2Value
54.2
26. Wyoming
Wyoming
54.0Value
54.0
27. New York
New York
53.5Value
53.5
28. Kansas
Kansas
53.0Value
53.0
29. Mississippi
Mississippi
52.3Value
52.3
30. Ohio
Ohio
52.2Value
52.2
31. North Dakota
North Dakota
51.3Value
51.3
32. Florida
Florida
50.8Value
50.8
33. Texas
Texas
50.6Value
50.6
34. Alabama
Alabama
50.4Value
50.4
35. South Dakota
South Dakota
50.2Value
50.2
36. Tennessee
Tennessee
49.5Value
49.5
37. Maine
Maine
48.2Value
48.2
38. Kentucky
Kentucky
47.9Value
47.9
39. Louisiana
Louisiana
46.1Value
46.1
40. Hawaii
Hawaii
45.4Value
45.4
41. West Virginia
West Virginia
44.7Value
44.7
42. Montana
Montana
44.5Value
44.5
43. Utah
Utah
43.8Value
43.8
44. Oklahoma
Oklahoma
43.7Value
43.7
45. Arkansas
Arkansas
42.1Value
42.1
46. Georgia
Georgia
41.3Value
41.3
47. New Mexico
New Mexico
40.9Value
40.9
48. Idaho
Idaho
40.8Value
40.8
49. Nevada
Nevada
35.4Value
35.4
50. Alaska
Alaska
26.9Value
26.9
51. District of Columbia
District of Columbia
13.3Value
13.3
 Value
1. Delaware
Delaware
73.2Value
73.2
2. Virginia
Virginia
70.4Value
70.4
3. Iowa
Iowa
68.4Value
68.4
4. New Jersey
New Jersey
68.3Value
68.3
5. New Hampshire
New Hampshire
67.8Value
67.8
6. California
California
65.9Value
65.9
7. Vermont
Vermont
64.2Value
64.2
8. Connecticut
Connecticut
63.5Value
63.5
T-9. Maryland
Maryland
63.0Value
63.0
T-9. North Carolina
North Carolina
63.0Value
63.0
11. Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
62.8Value
62.8
12. Illinois
Illinois
62.3Value
62.3
13. South Carolina
South Carolina
61.3Value
61.3
14. Massachusetts
Massachusetts
59.5Value
59.5
15. Washington
Washington
59.3Value
59.3
16. Minnesota
Minnesota
59.2Value
59.2
17. Arizona
Arizona
59.0Value
59.0
18. Wisconsin
Wisconsin
58.6Value
58.6
 Value
T-19. Michigan
Michigan
58.2Value
58.2
T-19. Oregon
Oregon
58.2Value
58.2
21. Nebraska
Nebraska
57.0Value
57.0
22. Missouri
Missouri
55.9Value
55.9
United States
United States
55.6Value
55.6
T-23. Colorado
Colorado
54.4Value
54.4
T-23. Rhode Island
Rhode Island
54.4Value
54.4
25. Indiana
Indiana
54.2Value
54.2
26. Wyoming
Wyoming
54.0Value
54.0
27. New York
New York
53.5Value
53.5
28. Kansas
Kansas
53.0Value
53.0
29. Mississippi
Mississippi
52.3Value
52.3
30. Ohio
Ohio
52.2Value
52.2
31. North Dakota
North Dakota
51.3Value
51.3
32. Florida
Florida
50.8Value
50.8
33. Texas
Texas
50.6Value
50.6
34. Alabama
Alabama
50.4Value
50.4
35. South Dakota
South Dakota
50.2Value
50.2
 Value
36. Tennessee
Tennessee
49.5Value
49.5
37. Maine
Maine
48.2Value
48.2
38. Kentucky
Kentucky
47.9Value
47.9
39. Louisiana
Louisiana
46.1Value
46.1
40. Hawaii
Hawaii
45.4Value
45.4
41. West Virginia
West Virginia
44.7Value
44.7
42. Montana
Montana
44.5Value
44.5
43. Utah
Utah
43.8Value
43.8
44. Oklahoma
Oklahoma
43.7Value
43.7
45. Arkansas
Arkansas
42.1Value
42.1
46. Georgia
Georgia
41.3Value
41.3
47. New Mexico
New Mexico
40.9Value
40.9
48. Idaho
Idaho
40.8Value
40.8
49. Nevada
Nevada
35.4Value
35.4
50. Alaska
Alaska
26.9Value
26.9
51. District of Columbia
District of Columbia
13.3Value
13.3

Note: The six-year graduation rate for a cohort year is the percentage of students matriculating in the fall of that year who graduate by the spring of the year six years later. For example, the six-year graduation rate for members of cohort year 2008 is the percentage of those students graduating by the spring of 2014.

Percentage of individuals age 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher
Total
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
Two or more races
Total
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
Two or more races
Total
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
Two or more races
Total
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
Two or more races
Total
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
Two or more races
Total
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
Two or more races
Sources
  1. Graphs 1, 2, 3: "IPEDS Trend Generator," U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, last accessed June 14, 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/trendgenerator/.
  2. Graph 4: "Rates of high school completion and bachelor's degree attainment among persons age 25 and over, by race/ethnicity and state," U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics (browse by year), last accessed June 10, 2016, https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/current_tables.asp.