Hispanics Are Now the Largest Minority in College

Ryan Lytle, US News, August 31, 2012

For the first time in history, enrollments at four-year colleges for Hispanic students between 18 and 24 topped 2 million in 2011. Hispanics are now the largest minority on college campuses, making up roughly 16.5 percent of all U.S. college students, according to a recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center that used newly available U.S. Census Bureau data. Hispanics are also making strides in two-year colleges, according to the study, making up roughly one quarter of all 18-to-24-year-old students.

“The new milestones reflect a number of continuing upward trends,” the study’s authors write. “Between 1972 and 2011, the Latino share of 18- to 24-year-old college students [in four-year colleges] steadily grew—rising from 2.9% to 16.5%.”

This growth in Hispanic college enrollment has also translated to a growth in the number of degrees earned. A record 140,000 Latinos earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010, while 112,000 Latinos earned an associate degree, also a record-setting number, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.


{snip} In 2010, only 9 percent of Hispanics enrolled in a four-year college or university earned a bachelor’s degree, compared to 10 percent of black students and 71 percent of white students who earned their bachelor’s degrees that year.

[Editor’s Note: The above sentence meant to convey that of all bachelor’s degrees conferred in 2010, 71% went to whites, 10% to blacks, and 9% to Hispanics. The data, found here, also relate that 7% of all bachelor’s degrees went to Asians.]

Topics: ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • Dave4088

    Firstly, they are only there because standards have been lowered.  And secondly, due to the low graduation rates it won’t be long their academic failure is laid at the feet of “culturally insensitive” and “racist” professors.  The we’ll be treated to the usual hokum from the political left and weak kneed Republicans about how we have to “bridge the gap” in achievement between white and brown.

    They’ll have to start dumbing down the hate whitey curriculum if that’s even possible.   

  • Church_of_Jed

    Hispanics have the lingo of Progressive Change down better than afrovoodoo Diversity does.

    Spanish is a Romance language, and thus related to modern English.  To Africans, everything in English sounds strange and confusing, but they mimic it pretty well, or well enough to get mo’ dat free stuff frum Whitey.

    Listen to Hispanics talk about how “we must subvert the dominant culture by blazing the path toward a better future,” and you’ll know that your future is misery and suffering some anti White privilege Auschwitz full of blood thirsty indigenous Aztec guards and doctors.


    • RisingReich

       You should be writing books or satire or something. 

      • Church_of_Jed

        Like ramzpaul says about his videos, this is the way I’ve decided to kill myself.

        • Northernfront

          Are you willing to ever actually hold a sermon?

          • Church_of_Jed

            Yes, the day I’m willing to be arrested for hate speech.

          • Northernfront

            You would mostly be attacked by Whites, this is the crazy part about it. You would be physically assaulted first by White punks, and then Blacks.

    • I can’t believe what i read. 65% of hispanics believe that if you work hard you can achieve the american dream. Less than 40% blacks have the same opinion. Only 55% of whites share that idea.

  • How many jobs are relevant to a Chicano Studies major in the United States?

    • Diamond_Lil

      In L.A., they could become mayors.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        You have to flunk the California Bar Exam FOUR TIMES first.


        • The Worlds Scapegoat

           The bar exam in raciss

        • The__Bobster

          And get caught womanizing.

          • I hate to agree. White women are one of my weaknesses.

    • I hate it, but I agree with you. Mexicans-americans are not good for studying. But you cannot say the same about cuban-americans.

      Second-generation Cuban-Americans were more educated than even
      Anglo-Americans. More than 26.1% of second-generation Cuban-Americans
      had a bachelor’s degree or better versus 20.6% of Anglos. Thus
      Cuban-Americans in 1997 were approximately 25% more likely to have a
      college degree than Anglos. Other Hispanic groups lag far behind. Only
      8.1% of South Americans had a bachelor’s or better. Puerto Ricans,
      despite being U.S. citizens by birth, recorded a disappointing 11%;
      Mexicans only 7%. In 1997, 55.1% of second-generation Cuban-Americans
      had an income greater than $30,000 versus 44.1% of Anglo- Americans.

      Thus Cuban-Americans are approximately 20% more likely to earn more
      than $30,000 than their Anglo-American counterparts. All other Hispanic
      groups lag far behind in average income. In 1997, 36.9% of
      second-generation Cuban-Americans had an income greater than $50,000
      versus 18.1% of Anglo- Americans. Cuban-Americans were twice as likely
      to earn more than $50,000. Also, approximately 11% of Cuban-Americans
      had incomes greater than $100,000 versus 9% of Anglo-Americans, and less
      than 2% of other Hispanics.

      Cubans comprise less than 4% of the U.S. Hispanic population,
      Mexicans 65%, Puerto Ricans 10%, Central and South Americans 11%, and
      “others” Yet of the top 100 richest Hispanics in the U.S., more than
      50% are of Cuban descent (ten times what it should be on a population
      basis), and 38% of Mexican descent. The rest is scattered among all
      other Hispanic groups.

  • crystal evans

    I think that if Hispanics graduate at all, very few get the type of degree that would them employable. Most of them probably graduate with a Chicano studies degree from some California university. Other than working in a Mexican restaurant, what else can you do with that type of degree?

    • Diamond_Lil

      They become community organizers and write for liberal rags.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Other than working in a Mexican restaurant, what else can you do with that type of degree?

      Work for the government or the education system which is where many of them end up, unfortunately.


      • KittyAmerica

        I know a young lady who was going to major in education at University of Texas. She said that all of her teachers were Mexicans and most of the classes were about how to teach to Mexicans. She changed her major.

    • Plenty of them get jobs with the county or state, handing out benefits to illegal invaders and their anchor babies. The State of CA loves to hire anchor babies who majored in Chicano studies.

    • The__Bobster

      They can become Republican advisors, telling the Republican elites that America needs more Hispanics because they are natural conservatives.

  • Defiant White

    First thought . . . well, they do make excellent janitors.

    Oh wait . . . they’re students.  OK . . . no surprise.  Even the most ethnic Aztec seems much more intelligent than a black.  Of course, a box of roxks is more intelligent than a black.  Jury’s still out in the head-to-head comparison between the box and the Aztec.

    • Northernfront

      Aztecs however, can very obedient.

      In California, the large Asian demographic will have no problem ordering their distant, more menial, less branial kin around.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Do you think that large Asian demographic will be willing, when Whites are gone –and  at great expense to themselves and their own children —  to eventually foot the bill for the plethora of lifetime entitlement benefits mexicans expect, demand and receive all the way into the fourth generation and beyond??   Will Asians be willing to shower  mexicans and their children with preferences in hiring, college admittance , AA, scholarships, CAL grants over their own children?  Will they be willing to fund “Chicano Studies” ?

        No, only we Whites are required to put our own children second in favor of lesser qualified mexicans and blacks and pay for them to have large broods of children while we limit the size of our families to what we can afford.Any ordering around of mexicans by Asians WILL be from the end of a gun — straight across the mexican border.

        Mao was not wrong when he stated:  All Political Power Comes From the Barrel of a Gun!!


        • Northernfront

          So do you believe NE Asians will be our ally in a potential future conflict with minorities?  Or will we have to force them to be our ally?

          I happen to believe the a NE Asian genetic and behavioral contribution to the White gene pool, to form a new, creative, more selfish White race will not be a bad thing.

          I could see the infusion of smart, self-centered, strategic NE Asians into the White gene pool resulting in the revival of the way the White race USED to be.  The culling effect of WWI and WWII was enormous in terms of losing the most strategic, proud members of the race. 

          A light infusion of NE Asian into America, combined with a bit of martial asskicking may be fun to see.  Remember the Korean store owners in the LA riots of 1992 shooting like experts?

           “LA Riots Korean Store.”

          • 25% of Hispanics have interracial marriage. More than any other race. And many 2nd generation hispanics do not speak Spanish. We’ll be assimilated really soon. ( read about zimmerman)

        • You made me remember a couple I met in Tn. They hate blacks who live from government assistance. While they are doing the same.

      • Until they decide they’re fed up & start chopping heads off.

  •  How would you classify Hispanic people at this page ? White, Chicano, something in between …. IMO, they- most of them- are neither white nor Chicano. Some third category.
    Maybe I’m wrong: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/

    Perhaps light Hispanics are those who graduate, and Aztecs & Mayas mostly fail.

    • IstvanIN

       Most of them are mixed race Amerindian/Spanish no doubt.

      • In my case, I have chinese, korean, Spaniard, Italian, Inca ancestry. Most of us are a mix.
        But I would never let anyone call me black.

    • crystal evans

      I guess Cubans and Spaniards probably graduate at a higher rate than dark skinned Hispanics.

  • This is what pushing ‘diversity’ has gotten blacks. They are now destined to remain at the bottom of the ladder.

    Affirmative Action was supposed to help blacks but blacks, liberals, and ‘progressives’ broadened it’s use to include people who weren’t entitled to a ‘hand up’.

    As they say, be careful what you wish for.

    • No one should receive a hand up. We have the same chances to achieve whatever we want to. Wasn’t Obama born in Hawaii to a single mom? Isn’t he now the president? If he could, everybody can.

      • I was born in Missouri to a single mom. I’ll never be President, because I’m the wrong color.

  • So, how long will it be, before all entering U.S. University professors (adjuncts, P/T, temporary, or the coveted ‘tenure track Asst. Prof.’ Chosen Ones) will have mandated to them, that they MUST be fluent in English AND Spanish, before their newly minted PhD, and carefully assembled CV, be considered? 

    Are we living in America anymore? God help His People….

  • Spain was always great in visual arts, partly in literature, and almost non-existent in STEM. Their descendants (pure & mixed) are great in literature- but in their language.

    Perhaps Hispanics in the US will be successful in artsy fields and a part of them in disciplines that rely more on memory than on intellect.
    Something like this- not to be taken too seriously, just for fun:

    • The__Bobster

      Most of the ones I see are mostly negroid or Amerind. Speaking butchered Spanish doesn’t make you Spanish.

  • Of course it isn’t blacks and their out-right hatred for education.  They drop out in record numbers at the end of Sept. because that is when the last week student loans/grants are given out.

  • Exactly.  Getting let into Harvard, Yale, etc. is no guarentee that they will actually graduate.  The ones that do, manage to major in afrian studies -just to whine racism when they cannot find a job in their useless field.

  •  They should be sown the way first…and firmly.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    “Hispanics are now the largest minority in college.”

    Whites are the largest minority that has to pay for it.

    • There are only two things we cannot escape from. Death and taxes.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

     They earn the same degrees as whites which are worthless. A college Associate Degree today is equivalent to a high school diploma of 1950. A high school diploma just means you showed up to school at least 50% of the year. A H.S. diploma would be more useful if it was printed on toilet paper. At least then, you could actually make use of it one time in your life.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

     It is a false revenue stream. The government has no clue on how to create jobs, so the create the education bubble, just like the housing bubble, and the stock market bubble. and the tulip bubble, etc, etc, etc,

    Learning something doesn’t mean they can actually do something. Some birds can learn words, but they can’t carry on a conversation.

  • The__Bobster

    This is where AA fails them. If they went to colleges where the entrance requirements were commensurate with their SAT scores, they’d be able to graduate and find employment.

  • The__Bobster

    The worst part is that the elites keep telling us that having such people in our colleges will make US smarter, stronger and well off.

    • There are two ways to increase productivity. Increasing production or cheap labor. Mexicans provide cheap labor.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

     They will demand,but they won’t get because there is no jobs, and they aren’t qualified.  This will be proof of more white privilege and racism. After all, if they are told that all they need to get a good job is a diploma, and they can’t get a job with a diploma, it can’t be that the scum in charge was lying to them, it has to be white racism.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    This is what I have asked many minorities at my college. “If you people are what made the U.S. so special, why don’t you go back and make your country special?” They know they can’t.

    • Probably because they are as american as you are. My dad is a 5th generation Hispanic-American. I’m pretty sure not many people can say the same about their parents.

  • GravitonX

     There are Celts in Galicia, Spain, but we would never refer to them as “Anglo.”

    AngloAmericans have a tendency to see themselves as the center of the universe.

  • Northernfront

    I have a favorite deprogramming phrase to use on liberals:

    “If you have Mexicans, you will have Mexico.”  

  • ed91

     grants are easy too and there is no pay back on them

  • Northernfront

    I think that the Mexicans, especially the Meztizos, Aztecs, and Mayans will easily submit to the mastery of their distant cousins, the NE Asians.

  • Who is brown? Hispanics may belong to any race. And yes, we are free to fail, or free to work hard and achieve success. You don’t see us creating universities just for latinos as blacks do.

  • Hispanics voted 44% for Bush. The problem with the republican party is that they not just attack illegals. They also attack citizens with “show me your papers” laws.

    • Proven false. No higher than 40% of all Hispanics voted Bush in 2004, and it was probably more like 35%.

  • What about Sonia Sotomayor? Marco Rubio? Not everybody is the same.