HISPANIC HIGHER EDUCATION AND HSIs - 2015
- 54.0 million Hispanics in U.S. in 2013, plus 3.5 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:
- 33.5% 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:
- 2.90 million Hispanics were enrolled in non-profit institutions in 2013, including Puerto Rico.
- 47.1% (1,365,703) of Hispanic undergraduate students attend two-year institutions (compared to 35.2% 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 2013, 409 institutions met the federal enrollment criterion, enrolling 1,708,391 Hispanics.
- HSIs are 12.1% of non-profit colleges and universities, yet enroll 20.0% of all students and 58.9% 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 203 in 1995, to 229 in 2000, to 245 in 2005, and 409 in 2013.
- Of the 409 HSIs in 2013, 190 (46%) were public two-year institutions, 81 public four-year institutions, 125 private four-year institutions, and 15 private two year institutions.
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