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Minority College Enrollment Increases Slow

September 19, 2001

The number of minority students enrolling in U.S. colleges and universities continues to increase modestly, but the rate of increase is beginning to slow, according to a report by the American Council on Education. Among the findings:

  • The percentage of recent black high school graduates going on to college rose by nearly one percent in 1997-98, up to 40.6 percent.
  • The rate for Hispanics declined by nearly two percentage points to 34.1 percent.
  • For whites the rate remained almost the same at 45.2 percent.

The report analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education, the Bureau of the Census, the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and other sources.

Source: Michelle Healy, "Hispanic Enrollment at College Falls 2%," USA Today, September 19, 2001.


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