Latino College Completion - California

Overview
  • California has the largest Latino population in the nation.

  • The median age for Latinos in California is almost half that of White non-Hispanics.

  • Latinos represent more than half of the K-12 population in California.

  • Latinos have a significantly lower adult degree attainment compared to all adults.

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Degree Attainment for Latino Students (2015-2016), California

17%
Of Latino adults (25 and over) had earned an associate degree or higher
VS
40%
of all adults

California Fast Facts

California had the 1st largest Latino population in the U.S.

Latino Population

52%
K-12 Population
39%
Total Population

Median Age

28
Latinos
45
White

Graduation Rates

Latino
45%
White
57%
Equity Gap =
12%

Completion Per 100 FTE

Latino
18%
White
22%
Equity Gap =
4%

Completions Relative to the Population in Need

Latino
20%
White
26%
Equity Gap =
6%

Enrolling: Top Institutions (Hispanic Undergraduates) in California, 2015-2016

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 East Los Angeles College Public, 2-year 36,012 24,235 67%
2 Mt San Antonio College Public, 2-year 29,045 17,451 60%
3 Santa Ana College Public, 2-year 29,590 15,180 51%
4 Cerritos College Public, 2-year 21,774 14,892 68%
5 California State University-Northridge Public, 4-year 35,616 14,841 42%

Associates Degrees: Top Institutions Awarding to Hispanics in California, 2015-2016

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Citrus College Public, 2-year 2,487 1,381 56%
2 Santa Ana College Public, 2-year 1,978 1,328 67%
3 East Los Angeles College Public, 2-year 1,799 1,327 74%
4 Pasadena City College Public, 2-year 3,146 1,168 37%
5 Mt San Antonio College Public, 2-year 2,081 1,130 54%

Bachelors Degrees: Top Institutions Awarding to Hispanics in California, 2015-2016

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 California State University-Fullerton Public, 4-year 7,725 2,704 35%
2 California State University-Long Beach Public, 4-year 7,481 2,538 34%
3 California State University-Northridge Public, 4-year 7,231 2,481 34%
4 San Diego State University Public, 4-year 6,714 2,045 30%
5 California State University-Los Angeles Public, 4-year 3,765 1,884 50%

Examples of What Works for Latino Students

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

Sources

U.S. Census Bureau, Annual Estimates of the Resident Population by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for the United States, States, and Counties: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016 , PEPSR6H, Release Date: June 2017; Retrieved August 2017, www.census.gov.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey. American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, and Degree Attainment.

Excelencia in Education analysis using: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS): Fall 2014 Enrollment (final release January 2017), Completion Rates July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 (provisional release), Graduation Rates as of August 31, 2015 (provisional release), and 12-Month Unduplicated Headcount -2014-15 (provisional release).