Latinos and College Admission Trends

A new report released by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, Putting the College Admission ‘Arms Race’ In Context,” provides some excellent data on college admissions, particularly amongst Latinos and other minorities. The Washington Post has a good write up on it here. Some of the findings related to Latinos are:

Hispanic-serving institutions had a 111-percent increase in applications during that period, with an annual average increase of 12 percent, which is not surprising given that Hispanic students are the fastest-growing segment of high school graduates.

The number of Hispanic high school graduates increased by 57 percent between 2000 and 2007

In 2007, about 70 percent of white non-Hispanic recent high school graduates enrolled immediately in post-secondary education, compared to 64 percent of Hispanics and 56 percent of black non-Hispanics.

….special mission institutions had some of the highest growth in the number of applications. Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) had a 111-percent increase in applications from 2001 to 2008, with an annual average increase of 12 percent. This is not surprising, as Hispanic students are the fastest growing segment of high school graduates. Many of the HSIs are two- and four-year commuting institutions whose students predominantly come from surrounding areas.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)—many of them in the South—had an average yield rate of 38 percent, contrasted with Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), with a very high average yield rate (74 percent). Unlike many HSIs, a large proportion of HBCUs are residential, private, and not-for-profit—which likely explains this difference.

Clearly some good information which is directly related to research that shows Latinos and other minorities have less access to support structures which benefit their college success (note high school to college transition number). The full report can be found here and downloaded for $15.00.