Latino College Completion - Arizona

Overview

Nationally, Latino student enrollment and degree completion continues to increase. However, different patterns emerge within each state. For example, Arizona is home to the fifth largest Latino population in the country. Latinos in Arizona graduate at a higher rate than their White peers at four-year institutions. However, Arizona lags in Latinos’ degree completion and overall degree attainment.

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Degree Attainment for Latino Students (2017-2018), Arizona

21%
Of Latino adults (25 and over) had earned an associate degree or higher
VS
46%
of White adults

Arizona Fast Facts

Arizona had the 5th largest Latino population in the U.S.

Latino Population

45%
K-12 Population
32%
Total Population

Median Age

28
Latinos
48
White

2-Year Graduation Rate

30%
Latino Students
37%
White Students

4-Year Graduation Rate

47%
Latino Students
45%
White Students

Degree Outcomes

At two-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 7%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in Arizona.

At four-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 2%-points higher than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in Arizona.

Latino College Completion Degree Outcomes

Top Arizona Institutions

Enrolling: Top Institutions (Hispanic Undergraduates) in Arizona, 2018-2019

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Grand Canyon University Private for-profit, 4-year or above 54,139 11,046 20%
2 Arizona State University-Tempe Public, 4-year or above 42,844 9,157 21%
3 University of Arizona Public, 4-year or above 34,153 9,085 27%
4 Pima Community College Public, 2-year 19,594 8,986 46%
5 University of Phoenix-Arizona Private for-profit, 4-year or above 74,061 8,042 11%

Associates Degrees: Top Institutions Awarding to Hispanics in Arizona, 2017-2018

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Pima Community College Public, 2-year 2,074 828 40%
2 Glendale Community College Public, 2-year 1,954 661 34%
3 University of Phoenix-Arizona Private for-profit, 4-year or above 5,190 595 11%
4 Arizona Western College Public, 2-year 818 574 70%
5 Phoenix College Public, 2-year 1,012 552 55%

Bachelors Degrees: Top Institutions Awarding to Hispanics in Arizona, 2017-2018

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Grand Canyon University Private for-profit, 4-year or above 10,670 1,756 16%
2 University of Arizona Public, 4-year or above 6,924 1,734 25%
3 University of Phoenix-Arizona Private for-profit, 4-year or above 12,943 1,711 13%
4 Arizona State University-Tempe Public, 4-year or above 9,291 1,704 18%
5 Northern Arizona University Public, 4-year or above 5,937 1,357 23%

Examples of What Works for Latino Students

Here are some institutions showing success in enrolling, retaining, and graduating Latino students:

Sources

Excelencia in Education. (2020). Ensuring America’s Future: Benchmarking Latino College Completion to 2030. Excelencia in Education. Washington, D.C.

US. Census Bureau, Projected Race and Hispanic Origin: Main Projections Series for the United States, 2017-2060.

United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium variant). 

U.S. Census Bureau, Annual Estimates of the Resident Population by Hispanic Origin for the United States and States: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. 

Excelencia in Education analysis using U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2018 Fall Enrollment, Graduation Rates Survey and Institutional Characteristics Survey.