Number Of Hispanics In College Grew By 800,000 From 2008 To 2011 | The percentage of young Hispanic adults in American colleges rose to 46 percent in 2011, up from 37 percent in 2008, according to a study from the Pew Hispanic Center reported by the New York Times. The report, based on data from the Census Bureau and Dept. of Education, rose to nearly 2.1 million in 2011, up from 1.3 million just three years prior. The percentage of Hispanics age 18-to-24 enrolled in college has now passed the percentage of blacks (45 percent), though it still trails whites (51 percent) and Asians (67 percent). The growth in enrollment is largely thanks to more Hispanics graduating from high school: 76 percent of Hispanics graduated from high school in 2011, up from fewer than 60 percent in the 1990s.