Tennessee’s college-going rate increase by 1.5%

Jun 16, 2023 | Political News

Tennessee’s college-going rate increased 1.5% for the Class of 2022, a year after statewide numbers significantly decrease since 2017.

The state’s rate is now 54.3%, including this year’s highest increase since Tennessee Promise began, according to a new report from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

In last year’s report, the college-going rate for Tennessee students after high school graduation dropped from 63.8% for the Class of 2017 to 52.8% for the Class of 2021.

“College going for the class of 2022 is up across all race and gender pairs. However, these increases are not evenly distributed,” the report said. “Black or African American students of both genders, Hispanic/Latino females, and white males saw growth in college-going rates above the statewide growth of 1.5 percentage points.”