Nearly a half-million fewer students enrolled in college in 2012 than 2011, driven largely by fewer adult learners, according tofrom the U.S. Census Bureau. Yet Hispanic students’ college enrollment surged by nearly 450,000 during the same time.
Census researchers found college enrollment among white students dropped by 1.1 million, and 108,000 fewer black students enrolled in 2012. As of 2012, Hispanic students made up 17 percent of the nation’s nearly 20 million college students, with black students accounting for 15 percent and white students, 58 percent.
A version of this article appeared in the September 11, 2013 edition of Education Week