EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — August 1, 2018

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Where Students Go: The Distribution of Students in Higher Education by Race/Ethnicity and Institution Type (2016)


Slightly over half (56 percent) of all students who entered higher education in fall 2016 were White, with 19 percent stating that they were of Hispanic origin, 14 percent Black, 6 percent Asian, and the remaining 5 percent of other races. The graphic below shows how these students were distributed across four-year and two-year institutions.

What these data tell us is that non-White students, with the exception of students of Asian descent, tend to enroll in community colleges and public institutions as compared to four-year private, not-for-profit institutions, which are generally more selective in enrollment. At the two-year level, 49 percent of enrolled students were non-White, as compared to only 25 percent at four-year private and 34 percent at four-year public institutions. The percentage of enrollment was relatively stable for Black students regardless of institution type, but Hispanic students were most impacted by institutional choice. Twenty-five percent of total attendance at two-year community colleges were Hispanic, compared to 12 percent of those attending four-year private and 21 percent at four-year public institutions.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Spring 2017, Fall Enrollment component.



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