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Hispanic Freshmen College Enrollment Rises By 15 Percent

Freshmen enrollment of Hispanics at postsecondary institutions grew by 15 percent from 2007 to 2008, according to a report released today by the Washington-based Pew Research Center. In the same time period, freshmen enrollment for blacks increased by 8 percent, for Asians by 6 percent, and for whites by 3 percent.

Minority postsecondary students tend to be concentrated in community colleges and trade schools more than four-year institutions.

Some of the surge is a result of demographic changes, the report says. The report also characterizes the increase as a "recession-era boom."

Update: EdWeek's College Bound blog has more information about the report.

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