Education
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity

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Source: New York State Education Department

What does this measure?

The number of students admitted for the first time on a part-time or full-time basis to a 2-year or 4-year institution within a geographic area, expressed as a percentage of those who applied, by race/ethnicity.

Why is this important?

Higher education is associated with greater earnings and standard of living. College graduates earn more money, live longer and healthier lives, and are more engaged citizens.

How is Westchester County performing?

In 2020, institutions of higher education in Westchester County admitted a lower share of African American applicants (70%) compared to 85% of white applicants, 83% of Hispanic applicants, and 82% of Asian applicants. Rates of acceptance have increased among all races and ethnicities since 2013 - the Hispanic acceptance rate has increased the most by 23 points, followed by whites with a 19-point increase, African Americans (16-point increase) and Asians (15-point increase).

Westchester had lower acceptance rates among African American, Hispanic and white applicants than Rockland County (87%, 86% and 95% respectively), and the lowest acceptance rate among Asian applicants compared to both Rockland and Nassau counties (94% and 84% respectively).

Why do these disparities exist?

Students of color face systemic barriers in the American education system, including exclusion, segregation, fewer resources, and lower familial wealth. As a result, students of color are more likely to attend-high poverty schools, have less access to core college preparatory classes, and fare worse on standardized admissions tests, making it harder for people of color to access institutes of higher education. Additionally, legacy admissions preferences perpetuate long-standing inequalities in college access.

Notes about the data

Since this data is grouped by institutions within counties, it does not tell us where students residing in Westchester or any other county are admitted or enrolled in college.

College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity, 2020
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Westchester County82%70%83%85%
Nassau County84%67%70%85%
Rockland County94%87%86%95%

Source: New York State Education Department




Number of 2 & 4 Year Applicants Accepted, 2020
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Westchester County1,5175,62111,59710,168
Nassau County6,9916,55611,31718,210
Rockland County1889351,5681,061

Source: New York State Education Department








INDICATORS TREND | WESTCHESTER
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0
Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care -1
Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 -1
Decreasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Single Female-Headed Households 0
Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income 0
Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 1
Increasing
Serious Crimes -1
Decreasing
Victims of Domestic Violence -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households With Internet Access, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households without Vehicles -1
Decreasing
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Air Quality 1
Increasing
Population Density 0
Maintaining
Water Quality of the Long Island Sound 1
Increasing
Open Space in Westchester County 1
Increasing
Change in Total Population 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Age -1
Decreasing
People with Disabilities 1
Increasing
Language Diversity 1
Increasing
People 65 or Older Living Alone 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs -1
Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Business Ownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Female to Male Earnings Ratio 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty -1
Decreasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Food Insecurity -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Public Assistance 0
Maintaining
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income 1
Increasing
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden -1
Decreasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households -1
Decreasing
Homelessness, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Homelessness, by Sex 10 Not Applicable*
Per-Student Spending 0
Maintaining
Student Suspensions -1
Decreasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Enrollment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Without Health Insurance -1
Decreasing
Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Mortality Rate from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Diabetes Mortality, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Suicide Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*


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