Ten Findings on U.S. Educational Attainment Trends
- The nation’s educational attainment rate after high school in 2021 was 53.7 percent. This figure means 53.7 percent of working-age adults— those 25 to 64 years old—had earned college degrees or other credentials beyond a high school diploma that could lead to further education and better pay or jobs.
- The nation’s attainment rate is the sum of the degree attainment rate (45.7 percent) and the attainment rate of high-value, short-term credentials (8 percent). Short-term credentials include college-level certificates (4.3 percent) and industry-recognized certifications (3.7 percent).