The St. Olaf Educational Talent Search Program is funded to serve 700 students per year.
- Increased high school graduation rate: 92% of St. Olaf TRIO ETS students graduate from high school. In 2014, Minneapolis had a 59% graduation rate and St. Paul had a 76% graduation rate. (Source: Minnesota Department of Education)
- Increased the number of students enrolled in postsecondary education: 70% of St. Olaf TRIO ETS students enroll in a postsecondary program. In 2012, the low-income college participation rate in Minnesota was 49%. (Source: Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY.)
- Increased the number of students who continue postsecondary programs: Of the St. Olaf TRIO ETS students who enrolled in a postsecondary program immediately following graduation, 54% graduate or are still enrolled in PSE after 6 years. Although 30% of low-income high school graduates enroll in some postsecondary education nationally, only 5% graduate. 75% of students from high-income families enroll in postsecondary education and 60% of those students graduate. (Source: Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY.)