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Hispanic High School Grads Outpace White Peers in College Enrollment Rates

May 16, 2013 by

handsinrope-300x217White students are no longer in the majority – at least when it comes to college enrollment rates.

The Pew Research Hispanic Center, using Census Bureau data, has found that “a record seven-in-ten (69 percent) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67 percent) among their white counterparts.”

Researchers cite, in part, the economic recession for the trend.


“It is possible that the rise in high school completion and college enrollment by Latino youths has been driven, at least in part, by their declining fortunes in the job market. Since the onset of the recession at the end of 2007, unemployment among Latinos ages 16 to 24 has gone up by seven percentage points, compared with a five percentage point rise among white youths. With jobs harder to find, more Latino youths may have chosen to stay in school longer.”

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