Latino College Completion - Illinois

Overview

Nationally, the gap in degree completion between Latinos and their White peers has increased. However, different patterns emerge within each state or location. To reach the Latino degree attainment goal by 2030, states can close the degree completion gap by accelerating Latino completion while increasing for all students and scale up programs and initiatives that work for Latino, and all, students.

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Degree Attainment for Latino Students (2021), Illinois

25%
Of Latino adults (25 and over) had earned an associate degree or higher
VS
50%
of White adults

Illinois Fast Facts

Illinois had the 6th largest Latino population in the U.S.

Latino Population

24%
K-12 Population
18%
Total Population

Median Age

30
Latinos
43
White

2-Year Graduation Rate

29%
Latino Students
40%
White Students

4-Year Graduation Rate

56%
Latino Students
70%
White Students

Degree Outcomes

At two-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 11%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in Illinois.

At four-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 14%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in Illinois.

Latino College Completion Degree Outcomes

Top Illinois Institutions

Enrolling: Top Institutions (Hispanic Undergraduates) in Illinois, 2021-2022

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 University of Illinois Chicago Public, 4-year or above 22011 7811 35%
2 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Public, 4-year or above 33889 4759 14%
3 College of DuPage Public, 2-year 14801 4079 28%
4 College of Lake County Public, 2-year 9124 3980 44%
5 DePaul University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 14059 3093 22%

Associates Degrees: Top Institutions Awarding to Hispanics in Illinois, 2020-2021

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College Public, 2-year 1283 637 50%
2 City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Public, 2-year 898 538 60%
3 College of DuPage Public, 2-year 2223 530 24%
4 William Rainey Harper College Public, 2-year 1921 475 25%
5 College of Lake County Public, 2-year 1233 432 35%

Bachelors Degrees: Top Institutions Awarding to Hispanics in Illinois, 2020-2021

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 University of Illinois Chicago Public, 4-year or above 4974 1474 30%
2 Chamberlain University-Illinois Private for-profit, 4-year or above 8124 1061 13%
3 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Public, 4-year or above 8301 944 11%
4 DePaul University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 3335 610 18%
5 Northern Illinois University Public, 4-year or above 3003 567 19%

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.

U.S. Census Bureau, 2021 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates.

Excelencia in Education Analysis using the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2021 Fall Enrollment, Graduation Rates Survey and Institutional Characteristics Survey.

 

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