Latino College Completion - Colorado

Overview

Nationally, Latino student enrollment and degree completion continues to increase. However, different patterns emerge within each state . For example, Latinos in Colorado graduate at a higher rate than their White peers at Colorado’ s two-year institutions. However, Colorado lags in Latinos’ degree completion and overall degree attainment.

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

24%
Of Latino adults (25 and over) had earned an associate degree or higher
VS
57%
of White adults

Colorado Fast Facts

Colorado had the 8th largest Latino population in the U.S.

Latino Population

32%
K-12 Population
22%
Total Population

Median Age

29
Latinos
41
White

2-Year Graduation Rate

58%
Latino Students
54%
White Students

4-Year Graduation Rate

42%
Latino Students
57%
White Students

Degree Outcomes

At two-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 4%-points higher than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in Colorado.

At four-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 15%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in Colorado.

Latino College Completion Degree Outcomes

Top Colorado Institutions

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Metropolitan State University of Denver Public, 4-year or above 19,437 5,599 29%
2 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Public, 4-year or above 16,443 4,198 26%
3 Front Range Community College Public, 2-year 18,880 3,932 21%
4 University of Colorado Boulder Public, 4-year or above 30,159 3,677 12%
5 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Public, 4-year or above 25,962 3,616 14%

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Front Range Community College Public, 2-year 1,880 240 13%
2 Pikes Peak Community College Public, 4-year or above 1,802 235 13%
3 Aims Community College Public, 2-year 560 197 35%
4 Community College of Denver Public, 4-year or above 765 187 24%
5 Pueblo Community College Public, 4-year or above 684 186 27%

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Metropolitan State University of Denver Public, 4-year or above 3,081 660 21%
2 University of Colorado Boulder Public, 4-year or above 5,674 579 10%
3 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Public, 4-year or above 4,982 543 11%
4 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Public, 4-year or above 2,392 360 15%
5 University of Northern Colorado Public, 4-year or above 1,929 301 16%

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.