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Wednesday July 18, 2012

Study Finds Immigrants Make Up About 23% of Undergraduates in U.S. Schools

Study Finds Immigrants Make Up About 23% of Undergraduates in U.S. Schools

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According to a new study from the National Center of Education Statistics, roughly 23 percent of the approximately 22.3 million undergraduates in U.S. postsecondary schools during the 2007-08 school year were immigrants or were second-generation Americans with at least one immigrant parent.

The proportion of these undergraduates varied across the six states examined in the study, ranging from nearly double the national percent­age in California (45 percent) to 14 percent in Georgia.

Other key findings:

-Asian and Hispanic students consti­ tuted the majority of immigrant and second-generation American un­ dergraduates. Asians made up the plurality (30 percent) of immigrant undergraduates, while Hispanics made up the plurality (41 percent) of second-generation American un­dergraduates.

-Hispanic and Asian immigrant and second-generation American un­dergraduates differed from each other and from all undergraduates on several background characteris­tics, including whether their parents had attended college. Among Hispanics, a majority of both immigrant (55 percent) and second-generation Americans (54 percent), respec­tively) had parents who had not attended a postsecondary institu­tion, compared with 33 percent of all undergraduates.

-Immigrant Asian and Hispanic stu­dents enrolled in community colleges at higher rates (54 percent and 51 percent, respectively) than did all undergraduates (44 percent). Among immi­grant and second-generation American undergraduates, larger percentages of Hispanic students (12 percent of each group) enrolled in for-profit institutions than did their Asian counterparts (7 percent among immigrants and 5 percent among se­ cond-generation Americans).

Read the full study here.