Nationally, most students, at least 80%, enroll in either a public 4-year college or public 2-year college. (U.S. Dept of Education, Think College Early)

Racial Composition of College Student Attendees (National Center for Education Statistics)

  • 72.4% White
  • 12.9% Black or African-American
  • 5.6% Asian or American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 0.9% Native Hawaiian other Pacific Islander
  • 5.5% Other
  • 1.7& More than one race reported

Total 99%

According to a survey conducted by the Baltimore City Public School System and given to high school seniors at the city’s 25 public high schools, 35% of students plan to attend a 4 year college while 13.5 plan to attend a 2 year college. For the state of Maryland, 44% of high school students plan to attend a 4 year college while 16.1 % plan to attend a 2 year college. 88% of respondents to the survey were African-American, 8% white and 4% were other races. 58% were female, and 42% were male.

Over an adult’s working life, high school graduates make an average of $1.2 million, individuals with associate degrees make $1.6 million and bachelor degree holders earn $2.1 million on the average.

Quick Facts Regarding College Graduates

A 1998 report published by the Institute for Higher Education Policy reviews the individual benefits that college graduates enjoy, including:

  • higher levels of saving
  • increased personal/professional mobility
  • improved quality of life for their offspring
  • better consumer decision making
  • more hobbies and leisure activities.

According to a report published by the Carnegie Foundation, non-monetary individual benefits of higher education include:

  • the tendency for postsecondary students to become
    more open-minded
  • more cultured
  • more rational
  • more consistent and less authoritarian
  • these benefits are also passed along to succeeding

Additionally, college attendance has been shown to:

  • decrease prejudice
  • enhance knowledge of world affairs and enhance
    social status
  • increase economic and job security for those
    who earn bachelor’s degrees

These facts support how important the Academic component of the Academy is for student athletes.

For more facts and figures on education, please visit the National Center for Education Statistics at