Data You Haven’t Seen Yet- 1 Million High School Students & STEM

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“Just over 31% of high school freshmen declare interest in a STEM-related field – around 1,000,000 students each year.”


“Of those students, nearly half will lose interest in STEM by the time they graduate from high school.”

In 2013, under 7% of boys and 4% girls interested in STEM report having a mentor encouraging them.

This is the ‘leaky’ pipeline of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Most jobs will require STEM skills (over 71%).

Going deeper into the data as part of a tool created through a joint effort between myCollegeOptions® and STEMconnector®, we wanted to better understand career interests of both boys and girls at the high school level…

Here is what we found nationally utilizing data through the ShapingOurFuture portal where we were able to source nationally, but also by county, city, state…

This slide is overall interest. 42.4% boys express interest in 2015 and 15.6% of all girls.

We then broke it down by gender and ethnicity.

Amazing the stark difference between male and female career aspirations. Boys select the “T & E”, Girls selecting the “S”

Data Source and Research Methodology:

The data represented in the STEM Interest Trends and Current Student Snapshots were gathered over the previous 13 years through annual registration and research efforts conducted for the myCollegeOptions program. Primarily, that data is collected through educator proctored, paper instruments administered in U.S. high schools.

The STEM Interest Attrition tool utilizes a cohort of nearly 100,000 students selected from the myCollegeOptions program. Each student in the cohort participated in the myCollegeOptions program during both their freshman and senior years. The freshman major and senior major selections were analyzed for persistence and migration pattern information.

The High School Landscape tool uses 3 years of student and educator data collected through the myCollegeOptions/STEMconnector cooperative research program collected through educator proctored, paper instruments administered in U.S. high schools.

About myCollegeOptions® is the nation’s largest college planning program, operated by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ , a non-profit educational research organization founded in 1972.This free, online community offers assistance to students, parents, high schools, counselors and educators nationwide by exploring a wide range of post-secondary opportunities, with special emphasis on the college search process.


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