This First Look introduces new data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009, collected in 2013 when most sample members were recent high school graduates, and in 2014 from the high school transcripts of students who were freshmen in 2009.
The analyses examine students' high school completion status; plans for postsecondary enrollment and financing of postsecondary education; and high school coursetaking.
Findings of particular interest include:
- Approximately 89 percent of fall 2009 ninth-graders had earned a high school diploma by 2013.
- Among fall 2009 ninth-graders who were attending or planned to attend a postsecondary institution in 2013, approximately 42 percent enrolled in or planned to enroll in a bachelor's degree program and 34 percent in an associate's degree program.
- Among respondents who were taking or planning to take postsecondary classes on November 1st, 2013, and who identified a major in which they were interested, 23 percent identified a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) major.