Education
College Enrollment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity

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Source: New York State Education Department

What does this measure?

The number of students enrolled for the first time on a part-time or full-time basis in a 2-year or 4-year institution within a geographic area, expressed as a percentage of those who were accepted, 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, 16% of white students admitted to Westchester County institutions of higher education enrolled in those institutions, followed by 15% of Hispanic students, 13% of African American students, and 9% of Asian students. These enrollment rates are similar to 2013 rates; however, the number of enrolled Hispanic students has increased 104% since 2013 indicating an increasingly diverse applicant pool and student body.

Westchester had lower enrollment rates among all races and ethnicities than Rockland County, where 41% of white students, 39% of Asian students, 25% of African American students, and 23% of Hispanic students admitted to Rockland County higher education institutions subsequently enrolled. Westchester's enrollment rates among white, Hispanic, and African American students were higher than in Nassau County (13%, 11% and 9%, respectively).

Why do these disparities exist?

Factors contributing to disparities in enrollment rates include concerns about paying for college, lack of knowledge about and access to financial aid, and concerns about loan debt. Even after accounting for financial aid received, paying for the remaining cost of college takes increasingly large proportions of household income for families and students with low-incomes. Family commitments, first-generation student status, and lack of support systems can also play a role.

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 Enrollment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity, 2020
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Westchester County9%13%15%16%
Nassau County9%9%11%13%
Rockland County39%25%23%41%

Source: New York State Education Department




Number of 2 & 4 Year Applicants Enrolled in College, 2020
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicWhite
Westchester County1651,0752,1311,862
Nassau County7438611,7952,843
Rockland County78265424463

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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