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Hispanic College Enrollment Rate Now Higher than Whites’

Edited by Erin Kent - Google

Over the years, more and more Hispanic students have decided to pursue a higher education.  What’s surprising, however, is that Hispanic college enrollments have now surpassed white enrollments.  According to a new analysis from Pew Research Center, a record seven-in-ten Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled at a college. That’s 69% of Hispanic students compared to 67% of white students[i].

Since the recession in 2008, the number of Hispanic students enrolling in college has increased while the number of white students enrolling in college has slightly declined.  However, Hispanic students are less likely to enroll in a four-year college, less likely to enroll in college full time and are less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree compared to white students. In October of 2011, approximately 72% of 18- to 24-year-old white college students were enrolled at a four-year college compared to 56% of Hispanic college students[i].

The positive trends among Hispanics don’t end with their enrollment in college. Recent data shows that there are half as many high school dropouts; in 2000, 28% of Hispanic high school students dropped out compared to just 14% in 2011, based on Hispanics aged 16-24 years old[i].

Hispanics, among others, have felt the effects of the job market in recent years. This newly found data could mean that many Hispanics are choosing to stay in school longer since jobs are not easy to come by. One fact that supports this is that the unemployment rate among Latinos between 16 and 24 years old has gone up seven percent since the recession began at the end of 2007[i].

In spite of our nation’s tough job market, the Hispanic population is making strides in education, choosing to stay in school and pursue college degrees at record high rates. If you’re a graduating high school student and would like to pursue your college degree, can help.  Start here to find an online degree program that fits your needs today. 


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