Latino College Completion - Texas

Overview

Nationally, Latino student enrollment and degree completion continues to increase. However, different patterns emerge within each state. For example, Texas is home to one of the largest Latino populations in the country. At two-year institutions in Texas, Latinos graduate at a higher rate than their White peers. However, Texas lags in Latinos’ degree completion and overall degree attainment.

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

35%
Of Latino adults (25 and over) had earned an associate degree or higher
VS
44%
of White adults

Texas Fast Facts

Texas had the 2nd largest Latino population in the U.S.

Latino Population

49%
K-12 Population
40%
Total Population

Median Age

29
Latinos
42
White

2-Year Graduation Rate

32%
Latino Students
27%
White Students

4-Year Graduation Rate

47%
Latino Students
61%
White Students

Degree Outcomes

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

At four-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 7%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in Florida.

Latino College Completion Degree Outcomes

Top Texas Institutions

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 South Texas College Public, 4-year or above 31,949 30,419 95%
2 Lone Star College System Public, 2-year 73,499 27,925 38%
3 El Paso Community College Public, 2-year 28,819 24,601 85%
4 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Public, 4-year or above 24,678 22,281 90%
5 Houston Community College Public, 2-year 57,200 20,067 35%

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 South Texas College Public, 4-year or above 4,112 3,923 95%
2 El Paso Community College Public, 2-year 3,438 2,975 87%
3 Lone Star College System Public, 2-year 7,552 2,654 35%
4 San Antonio College Public, 2-year 4,038 2,323 58%
5 San Jacinto Community College Public, 2-year 4,619 2253 49%

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Public, 4-year or above 4,046 3,618 89%
2 The University of Texas at El Paso Public, 4-year or above 3,429 2,847 83%
3 The University of Texas at San Antonio Public, 4-year or above 4,945 2,645 53%
4 Texas A & M University-College Station Public, 4-year or above 12,423 2,610 21%
5 University of Houston Public, 4-year or above 7,300 2,392 33%

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.