Hispanics Now Surpass African Americans in College Enrollment
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Hispanics have now surpassed African Americans in college enrollment numbers, to become the second-largest minority group in American colleges and universities. All this according to data from the Census Bureau.
There was a 24 percent one-year jump in the number of Hispanic college students aged 18 – 24, taking the total to 1.8 million. The federal Current Population survey says there are now 7.7 million white college students, 1.7 million African Americans and 800,000 Asians.
African Americans still hold the lead over Hispanics in total college population, which includes students over the age of 24.
Hispanics have shown strong improvement in their high school performance, graduating from high school at a rate of 73 percent in 2010. This is an increase from 60 percent in 2000.
“This is a growing population, but it’s more than that,” said Richard Fry, a senior research associate at Pew. “This is a growing population that is increasingly finishing high school and increasingly going to college. . . . There’s a good message here.”