Racial/Ethnic Differences in the College Application Process

A new study released by the U.S. Department of Education examined the percentage of students who entered high school in the fall of 2009 and had applied to a college or university by the fall of 2013.

Some 13 percent of Black students who entered high school in 2009 had not completed high school by the fall of 2013. This was more than double the rate for Whites. For Whites, 81 percent of all students had applied to at least one college or university compared to 76 percent of Black students.

For those students who entered high school in 2009 and had applied to college by 2013, 37 percent of Black students had applied to only one college. For Whites, 40 percent applied to only one college. Some 19 percent of White students applied to five or more colleges or universities. Asian American students were twice as likely as Whites to apply to five or more colleges. Some 23 percent of all Black students had applied to five or more colleges.

The full study, College Applications of 2009 High School Freshmen: Differences by Race/Ethnicity, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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