College Report: 98 percent of students pursue higher education

Glenbrook North reported that 98 percent of the graduating class of 2017 is pursuing higher education this fall at 140 institutions.

University of Illinois and Oakton Community College remain the most popular college choices selected by the former Glenbrook North students, followed by Indiana University, Miami University of Ohio, University of Wisconsin-Madison, DePaul University and University of Iowa. 

Some of the other top-attended institutions include University of Missouri, Northwestern University and University of Michigan. Students applied to an average of more than six institutions.

Of the 98 percent of students attending college, 71 percent remain in the Midwest – with 35 percent of those students remaining in Illinois. Six graduates are attending institutions outside of the U.S. Overall, 64 percent of students are attending public schools and 36 percent are attending private schools.

In addition, several graduates stated they are taking alternative paths to continuing their education. One graduate is volunteering on a farm in Washington for a year, one is attending cosmetology school, one is attending barber college, and another has joined the Israeli Defense Forces. Five graduates have elected to defer college to work, travel and volunteer.