Latino College Completion - District of Columbia

Overview

Nationally, Latino student enrollment and degree completion continues to increase. However, different patterns emerge within each state and location. For example, Latinos in the District of Columbia (D.C.) graduate at a higher rate at two- and four-year institutions than Latinos nationally. However, D.C. lags in Latinos’ degree completion and overall degree attainment.

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Degree Attainment for Latino Students (2017-2018), District of Columbia

56%
Of Latino adults (25 and over) had earned an associate degree or higher
VS
94%
of White adults

District of Columbia Fast Facts

District of Columbia had the -th largest Latino population in the U.S.

Latino Population

17%
K-12 Population
11%
Total Population

Median Age

31
Latinos
34
White

2-Year Graduation Rate

64%
Latino Students
77%
White Students

4-Year Graduation Rate

70%
Latino Students
83%
White Students

Degree Outcomes

At two-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 13%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in District of Columbia.

At four-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 13%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in District of Columbia.

Latino College Completion Degree Outcomes

Top District of Columbia Institutions

Enrolling: Top Institutions (Hispanic Undergraduates) in District of Columbia, 2018-2019

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 George Washington University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 12,546 1,293 10%
2 American University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 8,287 1,028 12%
3 Strayer University-Global Region Private for-profit, 4-year or above 6,699 750 11%
4 Georgetown University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 7,459 731 10%
5 University of the District of Columbia Public, 4-year or above 3,867 497 13%

Associates Degrees: Top Institutions Awarding to Hispanics in District of Columbia, 2017-2018

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Strayer University-Global Region Private for-profit, 4-year or above 205 27 13%
2 George Washington University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 196 17 9%
3 University of the District of Columbia Public, 4-year or above 172 16 9%
4 Strayer University-District of Columbia Private for-profit, 4-year or above 38 2 5%
5 Career Technical Institute Private for-profit, 2-year 21 1 5%

Bachelors Degrees: Top Institutions Awarding to Hispanics in District of Columbia, 2017-2018

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 George Washington University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 2,712 220 8%
2 American University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 1,768 184 10%
3 Georgetown University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 1,764 157 9%
4 Catholic University of America Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 722 97 13%
5 Trinity Washington University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 256 61 24%

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.