Outcome data

The St. Olaf Educational Talent Search Program is funded to serve 700 students per year.

  • Increased high school graduation rate: 95% of St. Olaf ETS students graduate from high school. In 2002, Minneapolis and St. Paul had a 54% graduation rate; suburban and out-state Minnesota had a high school graduation rate of 90%.
  • Increased the number of students enrolled in postsecondary education: 85% of ETS students enroll in a postsecondary program.In 2000, the national college sending rate for low-income students was 30%. While MN was the leader for 19 year olds that enrolled in postsecondary programs (53.3%), MN had the biggest difference (22.8%) between low-income students and their more affluent peers enrolling in postsecondary programs.
  • Increased the number of students who continue postsecondary programs: 58% of St. Olaf ETS students graduate from or are still enrolled in a postsecondary program 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