Immigrant and Second-Generation American Undergraduates Focus of New Stats in Brief Report
Oct. 14, 2012
A new publication from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) related to immigrant and second-generation American undergraduates has been added to ERIC and is available in full text.
New Americans in Postsecondary Education: A Profile of Immigrant and Second-Generation American Undergraduates presents the demographic and enrollment characteristics of undergraduates who are immigrants or the children of immigrants and compares them with undergraduates whose parents were born in the United States. In 2007-08, about 23 percent of all undergraduates were first-generation immigrants (10 percent) or second-generation Americans with an immigrant parent (13 percent).
The results are based on nationally representative data collected through the 2007-08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS). Findings include:
- Asian and Hispanic students constituted the majority of immigrant and second-generation American undergraduates. Asians made up the plurality (30 percent) of immigrant undergraduates, while Hispanics made up the plurality (41 percent) of second-generation American undergraduates.
- Immigrant Asian and Hispanic students enrolled in community colleges at higher rates (54 and 51 percent, respectively) than did all undergraduates (44 percent). Among immigrant and second-generation American undergraduates, larger percentages of Hispanic students (12 percent of each group) enrolled in for-profit institutions than did their Asian counterparts (7 percent among immigrants and 5 percent among second-generation Americans).
NPSAS does not collect information on whether students are in the United States legally, and consequently the study does not include any information on undocumented immigrants.
This Statistics in Brief is a product of the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Education.