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Almost Half of US College Students now are People of Colour

A lot more people of colour are now going to school than ever. Picture Source- Pixabay

A recent US report shows that 45% of college students are people of colour. This is a huge leap forward, compared to 20 years ago, when the number was less than 30%.

About one-third of all the post-graduate college students in America are people of colour. The population of hispanics in colleges have been on the rise at an even faster rate, as they are graduating now at very unprecedentedly high rates.

This increase in the number of people of colour in universities, could be said to be due to the efforts of different governments, organisations and institutions, helping them see the benefits of education and staying in school.

Demographic about the percentage of coloured students in the USA in the years 2000 and 20020. Photo by- Precious Olawuyi

People of colour, especially from Africa have historically been at the bottom of the line, in terms of education and financial resources. 

However, this has been changing a lot in recent years, as a lot more Africans are more determined to end that circle of poverty. One of the easiest ways they do this is through education.

According to the US Migrations Policy Institute, 29 percent of Nigerian-Americans over the age of 25 hold a postgraduate degree. 

Percentage of black college dropouts in the US. Picture by- Precious Olawuyi

This is really high, when placed side-by-side with the fact that, only 11% of the overall U.S. population, hold post-graduate degrees. 

In fact, according to data provided by Rice University in Texas, Nigerian-Americans are the most educated ethnic group in the United States.

Despite the huge rise in people of colour, going to college, there has also been a higher drop-out rate among black students. 

The number of black students who drop out is 46% at public institutions and 57% at private institutions, higher than other ethnic groups. 

How many people of colour did you or do you currently have in your class? What steps do you think could be taken to improve the racial inclusion in education, even more?

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