WASHINGTON – The number of Hispanic students in schools and colleges in the U.S. doubled in 20 years, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Monday.
From 1996 to 2016, the Hispanic student population increased by 9 million – or 102 percent – from 8.8 million to 17.9 million, according to Kurt Bauman, chief of the Census Bureau’s Education and Social Stratification Branch.
Hispanic college enrollment (undergraduate and graduate) grew a whopping 86 percent from 2006 to 2016. Bauman said Hispanic students made up 22.7 percent of all people enrolled in schools in 2016, and 19.1 percent of those enrolled in colleges and universities.
As more Hispanics are enrolling in school, the drop-out rate for that group has fallen. In 1996, 34.5 percent of Hispanics ages 18 to 24 had not completed high school and were not enrolled. But by 2016 that rate had dropped to 9.9 percent – only 4 points higher than the national average of 6.4 percent.
The total number of people enrolled in U.S. schools increased 9.9 percent to 77.2 million in 2016, according to the Census Bureau.