2016 FACT SHEET
HISPANIC HIGHER EDUCATION AND HSIs
- 56.7 million Hispanics in U.S. in 2013, plus 3.5 million in Puerto Rico.
- 17.3% of U.S. population.
- 50% growth from 2000-2012, largest of all population groups except Asian Americans.
- Median age is 28.1 for Hispanics, compared to 36.8 for the population as a whole.
- More than 50% of the nation’s Hispanics live in California, Florida and Texas. Adding New York, Arizona, Illinois, New
Jersey, and Colorado accounts for over 75% of all Hispanics.
- Hispanic population growth from 2000-2010 has been most rapid in the South and Midwest
- 2010 purchasing power of U.S. Hispanics was $1 trillion, projected to reach $1.5 trillion by 2015.
Hispanic academic attainment:
- 33.5% of Hispanics 25 and over have not completed high school as of 2014, compared to 6.9% of non-Hispanic whites.
- 15.2% of Hispanics have at least a bachelor’s degree and 4.6% an advanced degree, as of 2014, compared to 35.6% and
13.3% for non-Hispanic whites.
- 70.3% of Hispanic high school graduates ages 16-24 were enrolled in college in 2012, compared to 65.7% for Whites.
Hispanic higher education:
- 3.02 million Hispanics were enrolled in non-profit institutions in 2014, including Puerto Rico.
- 46.5% (1,403,616) of Hispanic undergraduate students attend two-year institutions (compared to 34.2% of all
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs):
- Defined by the Higher Education Act as degree-granting institutions with Full-Time Equivalent undergraduate enrollments
at least 25% Hispanic.
- In 2014, 435 institutions met the federal enrollment criterion, enrolling 1,836,870 Hispanics.
- HSIs are 12.9% of non-profit colleges and universities, yet enroll 21.9% of all students and 60.8% of all Hispanic students.
- HSIs receive 69 cents for every dollar going to all other colleges and universities annually, per student, from all federal
- The number of HSIs is rapidly growing, from 137 institutions in 1990 to 189 in 1994, to 229 in 2000, to 245 in 2005, to
311 in 2010, and 435 in 2014.
- Of the 435 HSIs in 2014, 202 (46%) were public two-year institutions, 93 public four-year institutions, 123 private four-year
institutions, and 17 private two year institutions.
HSI Growth: 1990-2014
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