Latino College Completion - Virginia

Overview

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

To find out more, scroll below.

  

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

20%
Of Latino adults (25 and over) had earned an associate degree or higher
VS
54%
of White adults

Virginia Fast Facts

Virginia had the 16th largest Latino population in the U.S.

Latino Population

13%
K-12 Population
10%
Total Population

Median Age

29
Latinos
43
White

2-Year Graduation Rate

27%
Latino Students
34%
White Students

4-Year Graduation Rate

65%
Latino Students
73%
White Students

Degree Outcomes

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

At four-year institutions, Hispanics' graduation rate was 10%-points lower than that of their White non-Hispanic peers in California.

Latino College Completion Degree Outcomes

Top Virginia Institutions

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Northern Virginia Community College Public, 2-year 50,929 11,301 22%
2 George Mason University Public, 4-year or above 26,192 3,892 15%
3 Liberty University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 45,935 2,564 6%
4 Virginia Commonwealth University Public, 4-year or above 23,693 2,334 10%
5 Tidewater Community College Public, 2-year 20,941 1,959 9%

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 Northern Virginia Community College Public, 2-year 5,242 1,215 23%
2 ECPI University Private for-profit, 4-year or above 1,833 216 12%
3 Tidewater Community College Public, 2-year 2,664 194 7%
4 Germanna Community College Public, 2-year 899 92 10%
5 John Tyler Community College Public, 2-year 920 81 9%

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

Rank Institution Sector Grand Total Hispanic Total % Hispanic
1 George Mason University Public, 4-year or above 5,507 766 14%
2 Virginia Commonwealth University Public, 4-year or above 4,828 421 9%
3 Liberty University Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above 8,689 379 4%
4 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Public, 4-year or above 5,753 305 5%
5 University of Virginia-Main Campus Public, 4-year or above 4,178 296 7%

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.