Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Hispanics Now Largest Minority Group on Four-Year College Campuses

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Hispanics Now Largest Minority Group on Four-Year College Campuses

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WASHINGTON. D.C.

Hispanics now are the largest minori tv group on the nation's four-year college campuses, according to an analysis of newly available U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. For the first time, the number of 18- to 24-year-old Hispanics enrolled in college exceeded two million and reached a record 16.5 percent share of all college enrollments. Hispanics are the largest minority group on the nation's college campuses - four-year and two-year combined - a milestone first achieved in 2010.

In the nation's public schools, Hispanics also reached new milestones. For the first time, otte in four (24.7 percent) public elementary school students is Hispanic. Among all pre-K through 12th-grade U.S. public school students, a record 23.9 percent were Hispanic in 2011.

In both cases, rapid Hispanic population growth has played a role in driving Hispanic student enrollment gains over the past four decades. However, population growth alone does not explain all the enrollment gains made by Hispanic students in recent years. Today, with record high school completion rates, more young Hispanics than ever are eligible to attend college. And among these high school completers, a record share - nearly half (46 percent) - is enrolled in a two-year or four-year college. …

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