College Enrollment Rates for Black Graduates of Chicago’s Public High Schools

A report by the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago finds significant racial disparities in college enrollment rates for graduates of the city’s public schools. The report, entitled From High School to the Future, shows that 52 percent of the black graduates of the city’s high schools go on to college. This is below the national average of 57 percent for black high school graduates. For whites, 63 percent of the graduates of Chicago’s public high schools go on to college. This is slightly below the national average for white students.

The report also discovers a wide gender gap among black high school graduates. While 64 percent of black females went on to college, only 45 percent of black male graduates of the city’s high schools enrolled in college.