More Hispanic Students Earning 4-Year Degrees, Study Shows

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The Pew Hispanic Center recently released a study showing more Hispanic youth are obtaining bachelor’s degrees in the United States -- and colleges in West Michigan are seeing similar trends.

From 2008 to 2012 the number of Hispanic students at Calvin nearly doubled from 62 to 119, said Matt Kucinski, media relations manager at Calvin College.

According to the study, 13 percent of U.S. Hispanics ages 25 and older have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 28 percent of the total U.S. population of the same age. This percentage shows an increase over 10 percent in 2000.

Nationally, the study also shows that Colombians (32 percent) and Peruvians (30 percent) earn college degrees or advanced degrees at higher rates than the total U.S population.

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