Latino College Completion - Puerto Rico

Overview

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

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Degree Attainment for Latino Students (2017-2018), Puerto Rico

37%
Of Latino adults (25 and over) had earned an associate degree or higher
VS
49%
of White adults

Puerto Rico Fast Facts

Puerto Rico had the -th largest Latino population in the U.S.

Latino Population

99%
K-12 Population
99%
Total Population

Median Age

43
Latinos
42
White

2-Year Graduation Rate

58%
Latino Students
100%
White Students

4-Year Graduation Rate

40%
Latino Students
41%
White Students

Degree Outcomes

At two-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 42%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in Puerto Rico.

At four-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 1%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in Puerto Rico.

Latino College Completion Degree Outcomes

Top Puerto Rico Institutions

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Gurabo Campus Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 12,734 12,734 100%
2 University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Public, 4-year or above 12,321 11,556 94%
3 National University College Private for-profit, 4-year or above 10,212 10,212 100%
4 University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Public, 4-year or above 11,657 9,676 83%
5 Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Cupey Campus Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 9,331 9,331 100%

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 National University College Private for-profit, 4-year or above 1,122 1,122 100%
2 Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Gurabo Campus Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 552 552 100%
3 Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Carolina Campus Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 384 384 100%
4 EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc-San Juan Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 362 359 99%
5 EDIC College Private for-profit, 4-year or above 276 276 100%

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Public, 4-year or above 1,817 1,641 90%
2 University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Public, 4-year or above 1,537 1,438 94%
3 National University College Private for-profit, 4-year or above 1,411 1,411 100%
4 Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Gurabo Campus Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 1,378 1,378 100%
5 Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Cupey Campus Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 1,242 1,242 100%

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.