Latino College Completion - Pennsylvania

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), Pennsylvania

28%
Of Latino adults (25 and over) had earned an associate degree or higher
VS
45%
of White adults

Pennsylvania Fast Facts

Pennsylvania had the 10th largest Latino population in the U.S.

Latino Population

13%
K-12 Population
8%
Total Population

Median Age

28
Latinos
45
White

2-Year Graduation Rate

28%
Latino Students
40%
White Students

4-Year Graduation Rate

63%
Latino Students
72%
White Students

Degree Outcomes

At two-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 12%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in Pennsylvania.

At four-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 9%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in Pennsylvania.

Latino College Completion Degree Outcomes

Top Pennsylvania Institutions

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 The Pennsylvania State University Public, 4-year or above 72229 6184 9%
2 Temple University Public, 4-year or above 25596 2205 9%
3 Community College of Philadelphia Public, 2-year 10881 1826 17%
4 Northampton County Area Community College Public, 2-year 7173 1825 25%
5 Harrisburg Area Community College Public, 2-year 11295 1550 14%

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Northampton County Area Community College Public, 2-year 1159 229 20%
2 Community College of Philadelphia Public, 2-year 1657 223 13%
3 Lehigh Carbon Community College Public, 2-year 834 173 21%
4 Harrisburg Area Community College Public, 2-year 1876 169 9%
5 Reading Area Community College Public, 2-year 433 144 33%

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 The Pennsylvania State University Public, 4-year or above 15903 1142 7%
2 Temple University Public, 4-year or above 6572 484 7%
3 University of Pennsylvania Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 2636 289 11%
4 Drexel University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 3150 216 7%
5 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Public, 4-year or above 4652 188 4%

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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