College enrollment among Hispanics has roughly doubled since 1999, and now sits at 16.5%, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, part of the Pew Research Center.
Hispanic enrollment in college among students 18 to 24 years old has reached and surpassed 2 million students for the first time. They were the largest minority group in U.S. colleges as of last year, and now represent 25.2% of 18-24-year-old students in two-year colleges.
Pew reports that 76.3% of all Hispanics 18 to 24 years old held a high school diploma or equivalent in 2011, up from 72.8% in 2010. More of those students than ever, 45.6%, are enrolled in higher education.
Hispanic students also make up 24.7% of U.S. public elementary students, and 23.9% — a record high – of all kindergarten through 12th grade students.
Hispanics make up roughly 16.5% of the U.S. population, and 20% of the 18 to 24-year-old age group.