1) The percentage of people who pursue higher education refers to the percentage of school-leavers in any given year group who have already started a degree course or have the firm intention of starting one. In addition to this group (in the table indicated as core percentage), people who are not yet sure about taking up studies or are considering it as an alternative can also be factored in. A maximum percentage is calculated in this way.
2) Excluding colleges of public administration, colleges of the armed forces and vocational academies. As of 2008, including former vocational academies (Berufsakademien) or the nowadays Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, respectively. As of 2015, including colleges of the armed forces and vocational academies in Brandenburg, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saarland, Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia.
3) 2002: Including Berlin.
4) As of 2004, including Berlin.

Last update: September 2017

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