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For Latinos in Colorado, college completion rates still lag

The number of Latinos graduating from Colorado high schools and college still lags behind the graduation rates for white students, according to a study released today.

The report, which looked at national and state-by-state trends in Latino graduation and degree attainment, was released by Excelencia in Education, a research group focused on racial and ethnic trends in education.

Colorado has the eighth largest Latino population in the country, but only 18 percent of Latinos in Colorado received a college degree, compared with 44 percent of the general population. Nationally, the average rate was 20 percent for Latinos.

The top colleges for Latinos receiving bachelor degrees were, in order,:

  • Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Colorado State University-Fort Collins
  • University of Colorado-Denver
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo

For more, see the national report here and the Colorado fact sheet here.