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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. Students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities are more likely to be attending public colleges and universities. For more information, see A Promise of Equity: Designing a Debt-Free Higher Education Program That Works for Everyone.

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Definition and Source



Massachusetts public high school graduates attending institutions of higher education data refer to students attending college or university 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 January 2023 with data from school year 2020-2021 graduates.


Last Updated

January 2023