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More colleges and universities seeing high Latino enrollment

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Cal State Long Beach, one of the schools on a list of colleges and universities with more than 25 percent Latino undergraduate enrollment, June 2008

As more Latinos attend college, the number of colleges and universities boasting an undergraduate student body that is more than 25 percent Latino is on the rise as well.

A report this week from Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing Latinos' educational opportunities, noted that the pool of colleges and universities defined by the federal government as "Hispanic-Serving Institutions" has grown from 236 to 293 in a six-year period.

Referred to as HSIs, the colleges and universities defined as such are highly concentrated, located in 17 states (California having the most) and Puerto Rico and representing just under 10 percent of all higher learning institutions. And for that matter, so are Latino students: During the 2009-2010 school year, these schools were home to 54 percent of Latino undergraduates.

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