Latino College Enrollment Increased While Overall Enrollment Numbers Declined

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The U.S. Census Bureau released a report stating that fall 2012 college enrollment fell by nearly half a million in comparison to 2011. But the good news is: Hispanics did not fall into this trend!

Statistics showed that the number of Hispanic college enrollment increased by 447,000 from 2011 to 2012. The percentage of Hispanic college students rose from 11 to 17 percent from 2006 to 2012. Non-Hispanic white enrollment declined by 1.1 million and black enrollment by 108,000.

"This increase in the number of Hispanics enrolled in college can be attributed to the combination of an increase in the adult Hispanic population and their climbing likelihood of being enrolled," Julie Siebens, a Census Bureau Education and Social Stratification Branch statistician.

The fast growing Latino population in the U.S. will likely continue to increase the country's overall college enrollment each year.

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