According to a Pew Hispanic report, more Latinos are studying at the college level than ever before. Latinos are now the largest minority group on college campuses, and make up a quarter of the public school population. This increase is likely due to population growth and improved high school completion rates in the Hispanic community.
The center’s analysis of Census data shows that over 2 million Latinos ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in college last year, making up 16.5 percent of enrollments in their age group at two- and four-year universities. The Hispanic share of the K-12 public school population is also on the rise, reaching one quarter in the same period.
According to the Census, Latinos are the largest minority group in the U.S., numbering about 52 million last year. The number of Hispanics in the 18 to 24 age bracket has also grown rapidly, from 1.3 million in 1972 to 6 million in 2011. Latino population growth largely drove the increase in share of Hispanics in the public school population.