Although enrollment into college for the year 2012 was down by half-million students across America, the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that the enrollees of Latino students attending college have increased.
In the study Latinos were not among the trend of declining trend increasing in the population of college students from 11 to 17% from 2011 to 2012. Last year, the estimated number of Latinos going to college was 447,000 with non-Hispanic white dropping 11 million amongst enrollees.
In a statement, a statistician of the Census Bureau’s Education and Social Stratification Branch, Julie Siebens said, “This increase in the number of Hispanics enrolled in college can be attributed to the combination of an increase in the adult Hispanic population and their climbing likelihood of being enrolled.”
According to the study the national decline of enrollees was due primarily to an enrollment decline among students over the age of 25, yet it also showed a substantial drop of students much younger also declining to enroll.
The Census Bureau showed that a total of 10.3 million people were enrolled in four year colleges with nearly 6 million students enrolling into two year colleges for 2012. A total of 3.8 million were enrolled in graduate schools for the same year.
Aside from college, Latino children enrolling into elementary education have also increased. Currently, Latino children make up 24% that is a 20% increase from the enrollees in 2005.
The study shows that students who were born in another country or second-generation of immigrant parentage now make up the 32% of student enrollees.
According to some experts the national decline of enrollment lies on the hard economic climate of our time. With job opportunities increasing, students prefer to acquire a job rather than further their education to obtain a career.
With the recent climb of Latinos enrolling, the study also notes the growing population will likely affect the increase by more Latinos enrolling into college as time progresses.