Why Are Half of Arizona High School Graduates Not Attending College?

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Every year, the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) releases a report on college enrollment and completion based on current enrollment data. In 2017, Arizona had a total of 71,337 students graduate from its public high schools. However, nearly half of them, 33,812, did not go on to enroll in a two or four-year college.


Every student deserves the chance to attend college and realize their dreams despite their socioeconomic status. Not only do college educated individuals contribute more to society by voting in elections and volunteering in their communities, but they also have a higher quality of life. This includes increased job opportunities and higher salaries.

At ASU Prep Digital, we are determined to put students on an accelerated path toward university admission and careers of the future, and are committed to providing them with the tools they need to unlock their full potential. That’s why we offer full-time Arizona high school students the opportunity to take college courses through Arizona State University for free, and part-time students have the opportunity to take college courses at a discounted rate.

We understand that many students do not willingly choose to not continue their education.

According to the ABOR College Enrollment and Completion Report, “poverty is a leading indicator of reduced educational achievement and poverty rates in Arizona are among the nation’s highest.” Arizona ranks 12th in the country for individuals who fall below the federal poverty line, with nearly a quarter of all children in Arizona falling below the line.*

It’s no secret that college can be costly, and with the added obstacle of poverty, the idea of college feels more like a dream than a reality for students who are graduating high school and figuring out what to do next. We are ready to provide all Arizona high school students with the opportunity to attend college and create fulfilling lives beyond the classroom.

Discover how your child can get a head start today.


*According to the 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates.