Hispanic college enrollment surges

Hispanic college enrollment surged by 24 percent from 2009 to 2010 according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of Census data. Population growth is only part of the story: The high school graduation rate for young Hispanics soared from 59 percent in 2000 to 72 percent in 2010.

Hispanics aspire to college, but few go

Nine in 10 Hispanic students say college is “necessary” to get ahead, but most don’t plan to go, reports the Pew Hispanic Center. Students cite many reasons for giving up on higher education.

. . .  74% of Hispanic students who drop out of high school or don’t finish college cite the need to support their family. Only 39% say they “don’t need more education.”

And for many Hispanic students, families are both inspirational and problematic: More than three-fourths say their parents believe going to college is “the most important thing for you to do right after high school,” but among Hispanics of all ages, 57% say a “major reason” that Hispanic students aren’t doing better is because parents don’t play an active role in their children’s education.

A third of Americans 18 to 24 years old are enrolled in college compared to one quarter of young Hispanics.