Baltimore City Schools College Fact Book, by Rachel E. Durham, Rudy Ruiz and Faith Connolly, provides a detailed update through the class of 2015 as part of a series of reports about Baltimore City Schools graduates’ college access. For the first time, this report also provides high school level information about how many students applied to, and were accepted to college, as well as the share of those who experienced “summer melt.”
Highlights from the report include:
- On average, graduates in the class of 2015 submitted four college applications. Among students who were accepted to a college, 56% enrolled that next fall.
- A higher proportion of graduates from the class of 2015 enrolled in 4-year institutions than prior classes. This is a statistically significant change from the class of 2014.
- College “match” compares the qualifications of an enrolled student to the average freshman at their enrolled college. Among recent classes, about 30% were under-matched, or had qualifications that qualified them for a more selective college than where they started.
- Graduates who first enrolled in 4-year colleges the first fall following graduation were the most likely to complete a college degree, with about 44% completing a 4-year degree. Approximately 5 to 6% of graduates who first enrolled in 2-year colleges the fall after graduation completed either a 2-year or 4-year degree.