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Asians Outstrip Other Americans in College Degrees

January 31, 2001

If a college degree is still an indication of U.S. educational excellence, Americans are still in the forefront. And Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are leading the way.

According to Census Bureau reports:

  • As of early 1999, 78 percent of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. ages 25 to 29 had attended college -- and 51 percent had earned bachelor's degrees.
  • That compares with 29 percent of all young adult Americans who had earned a bachelor's degree, according to early 2000 Census Bureau data -- up from 23 percent just a decade ago.
  • Some 88 percent of 25 to 29 year-olds were high-school graduates, the same as last year -- up from 86 percent in 1995.
  • Some 61 percent of females age 25 to 29 attended some college -- compared with 55 percent of males.

Thirty percent of women had four-year degrees -- versus 28 percent of men.

Source: Gene Koretz, "Economic Trends: Education Hasn't Lost Its Luster," Business Week, February 5, 2001.


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