Postsecondary Enrollment Profile: Central Texas & Dallas/Fort Worth

Postsecondary Enrollment Profile data for
Central Texas & Dallas/Fort Worth.


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E3 Alliance research has shown that students in Central Texas who did not complete some postsecondary credential within six years post high school had just a 12% chance of earning a living wage. Education systems have a responsibility to support their students’ access to postsecondary opportunities that align with their desired career pathways, whether that includes completion of a high-value industry credential or a four-year degree. When PreK – 12 districts and postsecondary institutions align and work together to support all students, inequities in postsecondary access and success are reduced, and more students are able to achieve their postsecondary goals. Enrolling in postsecondary education is a critical first step on the path to postsecondary success, but research shows that the longer students wait to enroll in postsecondary education after high school graduation, the less likely they are to ultimately enroll and successfully complete a postsecondary credential. Through examining disaggregated data, interventions can be identified to help improve equitable enrollment in institutions of higher education.

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9,307 / 20,331

Central Texas

Postsecondary Enrollment Rate


35,632 / 79,430

Dallas/Fort Worth

Postsecondary Enrollment Rate

Postsecondary Enrollment Within One Year of Graduation Decreasing in Last Decade

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Disparities Exist in Postsecondary Enrollment by Household Income

Texas' Two-Year Colleges More Popular Among Graduates from Low-Income Households

Disparities in Postsecondary Enrollment by Household Income Have Not Decreased in Texas

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Postsecondary Enrollment Within One Year of Graduation Varies by Race

Disparities in Postsecondary Enrollment by Race Persist Over Time

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Digging Deeper: Gender, Income, and Race Play a Role in Postsecondary Enrollment Rates

High School Grads Enrolling in Texas Higher Education, Class of 2021

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Target Name: Central Texas | Target: CTX

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Target Name: Central Texas | Target: CTX

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Enrollment in Central Texas Higher Education Institutions

Institution NameUndergrad EnrollmentGraduate EnrollmentTotal EnrollmentInstitution Type
University of Texas - Austin40,16310,92751,090Research Institution
Austin Community College41,056---41,056Community College
Texas State University33,9174,27038,187Emerging Research Inst.
St. Edward's University3,4435333,976Private, 4-Year
Concordia University1,8286902,518Private, 4-Year
Southwestern University1,511---1,511Private, 4-Year
Huston-Tillotson University1,11291,121Private, 4-Year
Western Governors University*--*Online Nonprofit
All Institutions123,03016,429139,459

3 Postsecondary Institutions Make up Over 90 Percent of Central Texas Undergraduate Enrollment

Majority of Central Texas Graduates Enroll in Four-Year Institutions

 College or University2-Year Institution4-Year Institution
Texas State1,248
UT Austin1,043
Texas A&M College Station800
Texas Tech412
Blinn College392
UT San Antonio389
UT Dallas333
University of North Texas256
Texas A&M Corpus Christi159

Four-Year Institutions Receive Majority of Enrollment

The top ten institutions for enrollment within one year of graduation for students from Central Texas includes both two-year and four-year public universities. Most graduates who enroll in Texas postsecondary institutions are represented in this table, with an additional 1,994 students enrolling in other Texas four-year institutions, and an additional 520 students enrolling in other Texas two-year colleges.

Overall, Central Texas students are most likely to enroll directly into four-year institutions, but enrollees in two-year institutions still make up a sizeable minority of Central Texas enrollees. The institution into which Central Graduates are most likely to enroll is Austin Community College, with nearly 3,400 students from the class of 2019 enrolling within one year of graduating high school. Texas State and University of Texas at Austin also enroll a large number of Central Texas graduates.

Undergraduates in Central Texas More Likely to Enroll Full-Time at Four-Year Institutions, Part-Time at Two-Year Institutions

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About this data:

E3 Alliance relies primarily on data from the University of Texas Education Research Center (ERC). This data allows for a longitudinal understanding of postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion, based on where and when a student graduates from high school. This data pertains to graduates from within the state of Texas who enroll in Texas postsecondary institutions within one year of graduating from high school.

Following are items to note:

The year of the data represents the year of high school graduation. There is a delay in the data due to the state's approval process and the time needed to measure postsecondary enrollment after graduation. The graphs below present postsecondary enrollment data in the most recent available year in Texas postsecondary institutions, for the class that graduated high school in 2020.

The conclusions of this research do not necessarily reflect the opinions or official position of the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, or the State of Texas.