Young Latinos in College increases
by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez
A report from the Pew Hispanic Center show a sharp increase in Latino enrollment at colleges and universities.
From 2009 to 2010 the number of young Hispanic students attending college in the U.S. increased to 350,000, an increase of 24 percent. The Pew report shows that all minority group enrollment increased, but for the first time Hispanics outnumber blacks and Asian Americans. Pew’s Richard Fry says there are a few reasons for the spike- increase in population and young Latinos graduating from high school.
“Hispanics are concentrated in California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida. These are all the areas of the country that probably have seen the most dismal labor market and that sort of has also influences their college going,” said Richard Fry, a senior research associate at Pew Hispanic Center.
Fry says young Latinos are more likely to go to a two-year college, over a four year university.