Hispanics Set 2011 Enrollment Record –

The number of Hispanic students enrolled in college reached a record high in 2011, with more than 2 million 18- 24-year-old Hispanics enrolled, according to recent U.S. Census data compiled by the Pew Hispanic Center. This makes them the largest minority group among the nation’s 4-year college and university students, and represents one-quarter of 18- 24-year olds in 2-year colleges.

The increase follows the same trend of the last four decades. From 1972 to 2011, the number of 18- 24-year-old Hispanic college enrollees rose from 2.9% to 16.5%. The Hispanic student presence also grew steadily in the K-12 public school population during this time period.

Part of these increases can be attributed to rapid growth of the Hispanic population, however, Pew research data also shows the high school completion rate of Hispanics is at an all-time high of 76.3% – making them eligible to enroll in college.

Though statistics show Hispanics who obtained associate and bachelor’s degrees in 2010 was a record 112,000 and 140,000 respectively, they still lag behind their counterparts of other races in degree completion.

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