Graduating Seniors Report 2023

Trends in the 2023 Incoming Class

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carnegie would offer regular graduating senior surveys to its CollegeXpress audience. With the industry adjusted to a new normal, we began this effort anew and sought the opinions of students entering college in fall 2023. We received more than 14,000 responses.

This report covers what the class of 2023 looks like, where they applied, and why they’re attending college.

Graduating Seniors Report 2023

We’ve broken down the data across 38 demographics and 11 types of institutions to provide a comprehensive overview of the incoming class. This study seeks to understand not just demographics but student needs, perceptions, and behaviors to help institutions successfully make critical human connections that stretch from inquiry to alumni.

Key Insights:

  • 70% of students are attending college within a two-and-a-half-hour drive from home.
  • 59% of students said one of their top three major selection factors was job opportunities
  • 15% of students begin looking for college options before high school even begins

Download the report.