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College enrollment rate for Latinos inches past whites for first time

Brock Cohen; Humanitas teacher

Jesse Diamond

A Grant High School class. Rates of college enrollment for Latinos is growing.

A  study by the Pew Research Center released Thursday shows that for the first time, Hispanics are enrolling in college at a higher rate than whites.

Researchers said that seven out of ten Latinos in the class of 2012 enrolled in college right after graduating high school. Rates of Latino enrollment surpassed that of white high school graduates by two percentage points.

That's a dramatic turnaround from 13 years ago, when only half of Latino high school graduates went on to college.

The study's authors said the numbers are a milestone, likely driven by a tight job market.

But all's not rosy.

The study also found Latinos are more likely than whites to be enrolling in community college, rather than four-year universities -- and more likely to study part-time. Latinos are also less likely than whites to finish their studies and earn that college degree.

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