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FACT SHEET

HISPANIC HIGHER EDUCATION AND HSIs - 2014

 

Hispanic demographics:

  • 53.0 million Hispanics in U.S. in 2012, plus 3.6 million in Puerto Rico.
  • 17% of U.S. population.
  • 50% growth from 2000-2012, largest of all population groups except Asian Americans.
  • Median age is 27.4 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:

  • 33.8% of Hispanics 25 and over have not completed high school as of 2013, compared to 7.1% of non-Hispanic whites.
  • 15.1% of Hispanics have at least a bachelor’s degree and 4.3% an advanced degree, as of 2013, compared to 35.2% and 12.9% 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:

  • 2.76 million Hispanics were enrolled in non-profit institutions in 2012, including Puerto Rico.
  • 51.0% (1,308,703) of Hispanic undergraduate students attend two-year institutions (compared to 41.7% of all undergraduates).

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 2012, 370 institutions met the federal enrollment criterion, enrolling 1,579,152 Hispanics.
  • HSIs are 11% of non-profit colleges and universities, yet enroll 18.2% of all students and 57.1% of all Hispanic students.
  • HSIs receive 69 cents for every dollar going to all other colleges and universities annually, per student, from all federal funding sources.
  • The number of HSIs is rapidly growing, from 137 institutions in 1990 to 172 in 1995, to 230 in 2000, to 253 in 2005, and 370 in 2012.
  • Of the 370 HSIs in 2012, 178 (48%) were public two-year institutions, 72 public four-year institutions, 105 private four-year institutions, and 15 private two year institutions.
 
 

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