Latino Graduates More Likely to Enroll in College Than Non-Hispanic Whites

Latinos are enrolling into college more than ever. According to a Pew Research Center analysis, a record seven out of ten (or 69%) of Latino high school graduates enrolled into college during fall 2012. In contrast, the results are 2% higher than non-Hispanic whites and 6% higher than African Americans.

In 2000, less than half of Latino high school graduates enrolled in college after receiving their secondary diploma. The current numbers come from a steady increase of college enrollment throughout the years, especially after the 2009 recession, which caused the job market to decline.

The study also points out that the increase can be due to the high emphasis Latino families place on receiving a college education. Eighty eight percent of people surveyed, ages 16 and over, agreed that a college degree “is necessary to get ahead in life.”

Despite the positive trends, there are still some improvements to be had. Hispanics are less likely than their non-Latino white counterparts to enroll in a four-year college (56% versus 72%). In addition, they are less likely to attend a selective college, enroll in college full time, and complete a bachelor’s degree.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is one of the organizations trying to close the college gap. They hope to get 14 million more Latino graduates into college by 2025. A Stanford University study also found that providing low-income high-achieving students with scholarships and additional resources could have a profound impact in the long run.

What are your thoughts on the recent statistics?