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College Readiness & Participation Data

Minnesota high school student college prep activities and college-going rates


College Preparation: Dual Credit and Exam-based Credit Programs

Minnesota high school students have opportunities to prepare for college by challenging themselves with college-level courses in high school.

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College Entrance Exams: ACT and SAT

Most high school students who intend to enroll in a four-year college need to take a college entrance exam. About 70 percent of Minnesota high school seniors take the ACT or SAT college entrance test. Scores on these tests are an indicator of the college readiness of Minnesota's college-bound high school graduates.

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College Participation Rates of Minnesota High School Graduates

College participation rates are defined as the number of high school graduates who enroll in a postsecondary education institution the fall after high school graduation. Minnesota's participation rate provides a glimpse of student behavior in the months following high school graduation.

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College Remediation or Developmental Education

Across all Minnesota colleges and universities, the percent of recent Minnesota public high school graduates who enrolled in developmental education has declined gradually since 2006 due to changes in academic standards, placement testing and procedures, state law, and system policy impacting both student outcomes and the data collected.

Getting Prepared fulfills the legislative mandate regarding developmental education data (Minnesota Statute 13.32, §Subd. 3 and §Subd. 6). It provides summary information about Minnesota public high school graduates who enrolled in developmental courses within two years of their high school graduation at Minnesota postsecondary institutions.

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