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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010


Table 23.2.

Percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in colleges and universities, by race/ethnicity and sex: Selected years, 19802008


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  
2005 38.9 42.8 33.1 24.8 60.5 27.8  
2006 37.3 41.0 32.6 23.6 57.0 26.2  
2007 38.8 42.6 33.1 26.6 56.1 24.7  
2008 39.6 44.2 32.1 25.8 57.6 21.9  
               
Male              
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 !
2005 35.3 39.4 28.2 20.7 62.0 25.7  
2006 34.1 37.9 28.1 20.0 58.2 18.1 !
2007 35.5 39.6 32.2 20.7 56.5 11.8 !
2008 37.0 41.7 29.7 23.0 53.8 18.7 !
               
Female              
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 !
2005 42.5 46.1 37.6 29.5 59.0 29.5  
2006 40.6 44.1 36.9 27.6 55.8 35.9  
2007 42.1 45.7 34.0 33.0 55.7 34.5  
2008 42.3 46.9 34.2 28.9 61.1 24.3  
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), selected years, October 1980–2008.
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