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 to 2-year or 4-year institutions within a county, out of those who applied and broken down by race/ethnicity. To see the share of admitted students who enrolled, please see our College Enrollment Rate indicator.

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 2022, institutions of higher education in Westchester County admitted a lower share of African American and White applicants (both 82%), compared to 87% of Hispanic applicants, and 88% of Asian applicants. Rates of acceptance have increased among all races and ethnicities since 2013: the African American acceptance rate has increased the most, by 28 points, followed by Hispanics, by 27 points, Asians, by 21 points, and Whites, with a 16-point increase.

Westchester had lower acceptance rates among applicants of all racial/ethnic groups than Rockland County and the lowest acceptance rate among Asian and White applicants compared to both Rockland (89% for Asian applicants and 94% for White applicants) and Nassau counties (90% for both Asian and White applicants).

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

This data does not tell us where students residing in Westchester (or any other county) are admitted or enrolled in college, since it is only available grouped by institutions within counties. The data reflects students admitted for the first time on a part- or full-time basis.

College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity, 2022
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoWhiteTotal
Westchester County88%82%87%82%83%
Nassau County90%73%83%90%79%
Rockland County89%89%92%94%88%

Source: New York State Education Department




Number of 2 & 4 Year Applicants Accepted, 2022
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoWhiteTotal
Westchester County1,6125,12811,47110,05431,560
Nassau County5,4005,1859,01812,75836,327
Rockland County1821,0411,7341,1764,684

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 0
Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 -1
Decreasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Single Female-Headed Households -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate -1
Decreasing
Serious Crimes -1
Decreasing
Reported 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 0
Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
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
Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs 1
Increasing
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
Income in Relation to Poverty Level 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
People Living in Poverty 0
Maintaining
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Seniors Living in Poverty 1
Increasing
Seniors Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Food Insecurity -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Public Assistance 0
Maintaining
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income 0
Maintaining
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 0
Maintaining
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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