Record number of Hamilton County students are going to college after graduation

A student walks past Hooper and Race Halls, two of the oldest classroom buildings on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus.

By the numbers:

The percentage of Hamilton County students to attend a two or four year college 2016: 76% 2015: 71% 2014: 67% 2013: 72% 2012: 60% 2011: 69% 2010: 57% 2005: 58% Source: Hamilton County Department of Education and the Public Education Foundation

Top schools for 2016 county graduates:

1. Chattanooga State Community College, 701 students 2. University of Tennessee of Chattanooga, 259 students 3. University of Tennessee, 149 students 4. Middle Tennessee State University, 92 students 5. East Tennessee State University, 90 students 6. Chattanooga State TCAT, 72 students 7. Austin Peay State University, 31 students 8. Lee University, 29 students 9. Cleveland State Community College, 25 students 10. Tennessee State University, 17 students Source: Hamilton County Department of Education and the Public Education Foundation

More students than ever are enrolling in college after graduating from Hamilton County Schools, according to data released Thursday.