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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2007-039
September 2007

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Table 23.3.

Percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in colleges and universities, by race/ethnicity and sex: Selected years, 19802004


Sex and year Total1 White Black Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander American Indian/Alaska Native
Total
1980 26.1 27.7 19.7 16.3
1985 27.9 30.1 19.8 17.0
1990 32.1 35.1 25.2 15.9 56.9 15.8!
1995 34.3 37.9 27.5 20.7 54.6 27.6!
2000 35.5 38.7 30.5 21.7 55.9 15.9!
2003 37.8 41.6 32.3 23.5 60.3 17.7!
2004 38.0 41.7 31.8 24.7 60.3 24.4
 
Males
1980 26.9 28.9 17.7 16.3
1985 28.4 30.8 20.3 15.1
1990 32.4 35.6 25.8 15.4 59.2 8.4!
1995 33.1 37.0 26.0 18.7 55.7 27.4!
2000 32.6 36.2 25.1 18.5 59.0 12.8!
2003 34.3 38.5 28.2 18.3 61.6 20.3!
2004 34.7 38.4 26.5 21.7 63.0 20.5!
 
Females
1980 25.4 26.7 21.3 16.4
1985 27.4 29.3 19.3 19.0
1990 31.8 34.7 24.7 16.4 54.9 21.7!
1995 35.5 38.8 28.7 23.0 53.7 27.8!
2000 38.4 41.3 35.2 25.4 52.8 20.5!
2003 41.3 44.5 36.0 29.4 59.2 15.6!
2004 41.2 45.0 36.6 28.2 57.7 28.1!
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 1980 to 2004.
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