Latino Dropout Rate Plummets as College Enrollment Hits Record High

The Latino high school dropout rate has fallen to a new low, and it has been accompanied by record-high college enrollment, according to a new report by Pew Research Center.

In five years, the Hispanic dropout rate fell 6 percentage points — to 10 percent in 2016, from 16 percent in 2011 — among Latino students aged 18 to 24.

The drop is significant considering that Latino students make up a growing share of the nation’s students. Hispanic enrollment in kindergarten through college increased by 80 percent from 1999 to 2016, from 9.9 million to 17.9 million.

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The higher numbers of Latino graduates has been the biggest factor in the substantial drop in the nation’s dropout rate; it’s at a record low of 6 percent, as of 2016.