Slightly over half (56 percent) of all students who entered higher education in fall 2016 were White, with 19 percent stating that they were of Hispanic origin, 14 percent Black, 6 percent Asian, and the remaining 5 percent of other races. The graphic below shows how these students were distributed across four-year and two-year institutions.
What these data tell us is that non-White students, with the exception of students of Asian descent, tend to enroll in community colleges and public institutions as compared to four-year private, not-for-profit institutions, which are generally to be more selective in enrollment. At the two-year level, 49 percent of enrolled students were non-White, as compared to only 25 percent at four-year private and 34 percent at four-year public institutions. The percentage of enrollment was relatively stable for Black students regardless of institution type, but Hispanic students were most impacted by institutional choice. Twenty-five percent of total attendance at two-year community colleges were Hispanic, compared to 12 percent of those attending four-year private and 21 percent at four-year public institutions.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Spring 2017, Fall Enrollment component.
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