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2018 FACT SHEET
HISPANIC HIGHER EDUCATION AND HSIs

Hispanic demographics:

  • 59.1 million Hispanics in U.S. in 2015, plus 3.3 million in Puerto Rico.
  • 18.2% of U.S. population.
  • 50% growth from 2000-2012, largest of all population groups except Asian Americans.
  • Median age is 29.0 for Hispanics, compared to 37.9 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.
  • 2016 buying power of U.S. Hispanics was $1.4 trillion, projected to reach $1.7 trillion by 2020.

Hispanic academic attainment:

  • 29.5% of Hispanics 25 and over have not completed high school as of 2017, compared to 5.9% of non-Hispanic whites.
  • 17.2% of Hispanics have at least a bachelor’s degree and 5.0% an advanced degree, as of 2017, compared to 38.1% and 14.3% for non-Hispanic whites.
  • 72.0% of Hispanic recent high school graduates ages 16-24 were enrolled in college in 2016, compared to 69.7% for whites.

Hispanic higher education:

  • 3.29 million Hispanics were enrolled in non-profit institutions in 2016, including Puerto Rico.
  • 46.0% (1,403,736) of Hispanic undergraduate students attend two-year institutions (compared to 36.6% 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 2016, 492 institutions met the federal enrollment criterion, enrolling 2,075,317 Hispanics.
  • HSIs are 14.9% of non-profit colleges and universities, yet enroll 24.5% of all students and 63.0% of all Hispanic students.
  • HSIs receive 68 cents for every dollar going to all other colleges and universities annually, per student, from all federal funding sources in 2015. 
  • The number of HSIs continues to grow rapidly, from 189 in 1994, to 229 in 2000, to 245 in 2005, to 311 in 2010, and 492 in 2016.
  • Of the 492 HSIs in 2016, 215 (46%) were public two-year institutions, 120 public four-year institutions, 135 private four-year institutions, and 22 private two year institutions.

              HSI Growth: 1994-2016

           
 
 

 

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